Election 'distracted' Trump team from pandemic response, Birx tells Congress
October 27, 2021
WASHINGTON - The Trump administration was "distracted" by last year's election and ignored recommendations to curb the pandemic, the White House's former coronavirus response coordinator told congressional investigators this month.
"I felt like the White House had gotten somewhat complacent through the campaign season," said Deborah Birx, who former president Donald Trump chose in March 2020 to steer his government's virus response, according to interview excerpts released by the House select subcommittee on the pandemic.
Birx, who sat for interviews with the subcommittee on Oct. 12 and 13, also detailed advice that she said the White House ignored late last year, including more aggressively testing younger Americans, expanding access to virus treatments and better distributing vaccines in long-term care facilities.