Birx says most U.S. COVID deaths 'could have been mitigated' after first 100,000
March 29, 2021
WASHINGTON – Deborah Birx, the White House coronavirus response coordinator under President Donald Trump, said most coronavirus deaths in the United States could have been prevented if the Trump administration had acted earlier and more decisively.
Birx made her comments in the CNN documentary "Covid War: The Pandemic Doctors Speak Out," a clip from which the network released Saturday. The full documentary will air 9 p.m. Sunday.
In it, CNN chief medical correspondent Sanjay Gupta asked Birx how much of a difference she thinks it would have made had the United States "mitigated earlier, … paused earlier and actually done it," referring to extending shutdowns, urging people to wear masks and implementing other steps to slow the spread of the virus.