Fauci says COVID-19 vaccine push could be 'best decision' he's made

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

Dr. Deborah Birx, who worked under Trump, recounted an "uncomfortable" conversation with him past year.

Dr. Deborah Birx, who rose to prominence as coronavirus coordinator in Trump's White House, recently sat with CNN to talk about government shortfalls when it came to America's early response to the COVID pandemic.

Fauci was one of the key figures CNN's Sanjay Gupta interviewed for "COVID WAR: The Pandemic Doctors Speak Out".

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 USA government pumping billions of dollars into multiple drug manufacturers to get a COVID vaccine developed as quickly as possible. They'll have a better shot in 2025.

"I hope everyone remembers when they're getting the COVID-19 (often referred to as the China Virus) Vaccine, that if I wasn't President, you wouldn't be getting that lovely 'shot" for 5 years, at best, and probably wouldn't be getting it at all.

As CNN noted, Birx in August appeared on CNN's "State of the Union" and offered a critical perspective on the state of the pandemic in the USA at that time. "It's into the rural as equal urban areas".

In a clip released by CNN, Gupta asked Birx if she thought it would have made a difference if the US had acted sooner, urging people to wear masks, socially distance, avoid large gatherings, and other methods to slow the spread of the virus.

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

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top expert on infectious diseases, said during an interview that aired on Sunday that former President Donald Trump's vocal support for citizens to push back against stay-at-home orders during the coronavirus pandemic "hit me like a punch in the chest". Trump in an interview in March bragged about having ignored Fauci's recommendations.

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.

In an interview with The New York Times published in January, Fauci said Trump would sometimes call him after he gave an interview and ask why he hadn't given a more "positive" outlook on the pandemic.

More than 542,000 people have died from Covid-19 in the United States, according to a Reuters tally, and nearly 30 million have been infected. Birx's statement comes as the United States death toll nears 550,000.



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