White House Health Experts Warn Pandemic Is Entering "New Phase"

White House Health Experts Warn Pandemic Is Entering

Pelosi said over the weekend that she did not have confidence in Birx days after the speaker reportedly called Birx "the worst" in a closed-door meeting and said the White House coronavirus team was in "horrible hands".

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) slammed one of President Donald Trump's leading COVID-19 experts, Dr. Deborah Birx, again on Monday morning, saying that the doctor has "enabled" Trump's disinformation crusade during the pandemic. "It is extraordinarily widespread" in rural as well as urban areas.

The US remains the country with the highest number of known coronavirus cases and fatalities, according to data compiled by Maryland-based Johns Hopkins University. Mnuchin defended the administration's response and said Democrats' demand for $1 trillion in new state and local aid was a nonstarter.

"If you have a high case load and active community spread, just like we are asking people not to go to bars, not to have household parties, not to create large spreading events, we are asking people to distance learn at this moment so we can get this epidemic under control", she said.

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"I think the president is spending - spreading disinformation about the virus and she is his - she is his appointee", Pelosi told ABC News' "This Week" on Sunday.

Speaking on CNN's "State of the Union," Birx fired back at her critics, explaining that her decisions are influenced by data only. "So I don't have confidence there, no".

The president continued to offer an optimistic timeline for a coronavirus vaccine, claiming it may come "far in advance of the end of the year", and urged Americans who have recovered from the coronavirus to donate their blood plasma, potentially rich in COVID-19 antibodies to fight the virus in other patients. "I don't expect her to be flawless. I have never been Pollyannaish or nonscientific or nondata-driven". On Friday, Florida set a state record with 257 newly reported deaths.

Birx and Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious-disease specialist, have warned 20 states in the Sun Belt, the Midwest, and the Pacific Northwest that the virus spread is accelerating within their borders. Trump has consistently lied and mislead mostly in attempts to downplay concerns about the virus as he presses for schools and businesses to reopen.

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