Dr. Birx Shuts Down Media For Trying To Politicitize Coronavirus
White House Coronavirus coordinator blast reporters for trying to score political points
Coordinator of the White House Coronavirus Response team, Dr. Deborah Birx, shut down reporters attempting to push a political agenda over the Trump administration’s response to the coronavirus crisis.
Birx seemingly directed her remarks at CNN's Jim Acosta, who asked who in the administration had “dropped the ball."
“One other comment because I know we’re always saying who knew what when. I just want to make clear," Birx said.
"There’s 150-plus countries working on this collectively together,” Birx added.
“It’s devastating for every single country. When we get through this, we can go back and look at what happened where, and what does this epidemic look like," she added.
"Then, when you get through it, then you can validate every model there is known to man. When you’re in the middle of it, you have to concentrate on serving the needs of each American and what that need looks like.”
“At the same time, you have these other workstreams on surveillance, and how to be prepared both scientifically and therapeutically and vaccine wise for the next fall if it happens again,” Birx continued.
“So, I think these things are happening together, but I just want us to really concentrate on the fact that all around the globe, country after country is dealing with this.”
Birx also noted how China covered up critical information regarding the coronavirus, noting that the head of the World Health Organization offered inadequate advice on trying to contain the outbreak.
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Last month, Birx also called out the media for "frightening people" with salacious reporting on the epidemic.
Birx’s remarks came after MSNBC’s Chris Hayes warned the coronavirus could kill 1% of the U.S. population, which is over 3.2 million people.
“We have done some things that are horizontal across the country, but we are collecting data now in a county by county granular way. So, it’s like any epidemic, it’s not equal everywhere,” Birx said.
“There are places that are very spared and places where there is more. We have a very vast country with a lot of capacity and a lot of infrastructure.”