Coronavirus update: Birx in Trump's crosshairs for 'new phase' as WHO warns on vaccine hopes
Category: News & PoliticsVia: krishna • 2 months ago • 7 comments
By: Anjalee Khemlani Senior Reporter Yahoo Finance
Dr Deborah Birx told CNN of the advice she gave the president. ‘I’ve never been called pollyannish, or non-scientific, or non-data driven.’ Photograph: REX/Shutterstock
Deborah Birx’s bleak assessment of the coronavirus outbreak entering “a new phase” in the U.S. put her in President Donald Trump’s crosshairs on Monday, exposing new divisions among top officials as the disease continues to spread unchecked.
Over the weekend, Birx re-emerged after an extended hiatus from the public, telling CNN in an interview that COVID-19 is now “extraordinarily widespread” in both rural and urban areas, which is different from March and April when it was concentrated in the Northeast.
She added that the disease was entering a “new phase,” which echoed remarks made last week by Dr. Anthony Fauci.
Even as reports emerged that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had blasted Birx for “enabling” some of the president’s remarks about the virus — and Birx taking fire for her staunch defense of the president — Trump hit out at the White House coronavirus task force coordinator for a “pathetic” response.