Birx says deaths ‘could have been mitigated’ a year ago

Dr Deborah Birx believes the Covid-19 death toll in the United States would have been substantially lower if the government had responded more effectively. — Reuters

Fauci's boss National Institutes of Health director Dr. Francis Collins told Axios in February that former President Donald Trump's Operation Warp Speed deserves the credit for facilitating the creation of a COVID-19 vaccine in record time, but that didn't stop Fauci from pretending that he didn't spend the previous year casting doubt on the administration's vaccine efforts and goals.

In one of the clips CNN has shared ahead of the airing, for example, Birx said she believes the majority of coronavirus deaths after the initial surge in the United States could have been prevented.

The interviews, with Sanjay Gutpa, the network's chief medical correspondent, confirmed what was already an open secret in Washington: There was a high level of dysfunction and discord within the Trump administration, particularly in the pandemic response.

When the vaccine made its debut in the U.S.in December, Fauci reversed his narrative and began encouraging people to get the shot once it became available to them.

She also said she received a "very uncomfortable" and "very difficult" phone call from Trump.

"I got called by the President", she added. "The first time we have an excuse", Birx said. "It is extraordinarily widespread".

Birx told Gupta she knew she was "being watched".

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Jokowi, as the president is widely known, urged people to remain calm and said everybody could worship "without fear". It's the first day of Easter holy week, and police have not released the individual responsibly for the attack .

Trump had a rocky relationship with his coronavirus taskforce advisers, as he publicly disregarded their advice, though he more publicly sparred with Dr. Anthony Fauci, the longtime director of the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

The former surgeon general did not say anything directly about the former president, but said that it was better that public health officials like Birx didn't leave because you "can't change the game from the sidelines".

Jason Miller, a senior adviser to Trump, took to Twitter shortly after the interview aired, and posted, "If it were up to Fauci we still wouldn't have a Covid vaccine".

According to The New York Times, when asked if she was being censored by the administration, she said, "Clearly someone was blocking me from doing it".

"There were about 100,000 deaths that came from that original surge", Birx said.

As of Monday, 30 million-plus Americans have tested positive for the coronavirus and more than 549,000 have died of the illness, based on data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

The US passed 500,000 Covid-19 deaths in February and has now lost an estimated 548,000 lives to the virus.

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