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.
"It makes me angry, because this happened on her watch", Dr. Jonathan Reiner, a CNN medical analyst and professor of medicine and surgery at George Washington University, told CNN's Ana Cabrera over the weekend.
CNN has reached out to Trump's office for comment on the documentary.
"I got called by the President", Birx continued.
"When I saw what happened in New York City, nearly over-running of our healthcare systems, and that's when it became very clear that the decision we made on January 10 to go all out and develop a vaccine, may have been the best decision that I've ever made with regard to intervention as the director of the institute, "he said in "COVID WAR: The Pandemic Doctors Speak Out". That was a very hard time, because everybody in the White House was upset with that interview and the clarity that I brought about the epidemic", Birx told CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta in the documentary "COVID WAR: The Pandemic Doctors Speak Out".
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"Were you threatened?" Gupta asked. Many of Birx's critics now question why she did not stand up to the former president.
Fauci, for his part, said that "best decision" he made was accelerating efforts for the production of a COVID-19 vaccine.
NYT further reported that several of the officials, including Dr. Anthony S. Fauci - who unlike the others is a career scientist and is now advising President Joe Biden - blamed China, where the virus was first detected, for not being open enough with the United States. Trump in an interview in March bragged about having ignored Fauci's recommendations. "I hope everyone remembers!"
Trump claims that Fauci badmouthed Birx and "would ask not to be in the same room with her".
In an excerpt from "Covid War: The Pandemic Doctors Speak Out", Birx said that while many deaths in the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic were likely inevitable, the lethality of later waves could have been greatly reduced if the US had "mitigated earlier. paused earlier and actually done" greater social distancing and shutdown measures.
In a recently published clip from the forthcoming CNN documentary, Birx said every COVID-19 death in the United States that occurred after the first 100,000 could've been mitigated. To date, there are almost 550,000 deaths from COVID-19 in the United States, according to the Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Tracker.