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

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

Fauci said he was taken aback by Trump's calls to reopen states in the early days of the pandemic.

Deborah Birx, the former White House coronavirus response coordinator under Trump, said that the former president informed her at the time that the USA would not close again going forward.

As the Post said, Fauci did not appear to give credit to - or even bother to mention - Trump's Operation Warp Speed, which saw the US government pumping billions of dollars into multiple drug manufacturers to get a COVID vaccine developed as quickly as possible.

"Everybody in the White House was upset with that interview and the clarity that I brought about the epidemic", Birx said.

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.

"I got called by the President", Birx continued. "It was very uncomfortable, very direct, and very hard to hear".

Birx at times faced criticism for not standing up more forcefully in public to Trump's misinformation about the pandemic, including his unsafe suggestion that Americans could consume bleach to kill the virus. "It's into the rural as equal urban areas".

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

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"When I saw what happened in New York City, nearly overrunning of our health care system, it was like, 'Oh my goodness, '" the director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases told CNN.

Fauci was one of the lead members of Trump's Coronavirus Task Force, and President Joe Biden subsequently appointed him as chief medical advisor.

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".

"I thought rather than firing him, you know, I listened to him, but I didn't do what he said because frankly, his record is not a good record", Trump said on "The Truth with Lisa Boothe" podcast. "There were about a hundred thousand deaths that came from that original surge".

In addition to disclosing the phone call with Trump, Birx revealed that the number of coronavirus deaths could have been "decreased substantially" if cities and states across the country had aggressively applied the lessons of the first surge toward mitigation last spring, potentially preventing the surges that followed.

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".

To date, nearly 550,000 Americans have died from Covid-19, out of 2.77 million worldwide.

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