Tag Archives: Deborah Birx

Biden Transition Team Mulls Keeping On Deborah Birx

Politico reports: President-elect Joe Biden’s transition team is weighing whether to give Trump administration coronavirus coordinator Deborah Birx a role in its Covid-19 response, even as it prepares a broader purge of officials closely tied to the president’s handling of the pandemic. The debate over Birx’s future has vexed transition officials, with advocates for the longtime public health official arguing …

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Birx Roasts COVID Response In Election Eve Memo

The New York Times reports: Dr. Deborah L. Birx, who has carefully straddled the line between science and politics as she helps lead the Trump administration’s coronavirus response, delivered a stark private warning on Monday, telling White House officials that the pandemic is entering a new and “deadly phase” that demands a more aggressive approach. The warning — sent in …

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REPORT: Birx Tried To Get Covidiot WH Doc Removed

The Washington Post reports: As summer faded into autumn and the novel coronavirus continued to ravage the nation unabated, Scott Atlas, a neuroradiologist whose commentary on Fox News led President Trump to recruit him to the White House, consolidated his power over the government’s pandemic response. Atlas shot down attempts to expand testing. He openly feuded with other doctors on …

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Birx Calls For Colleges To Do COVID “Entrance Testing”

Public Integrity reports: White House Coronavirus Task Force leader Dr. Deborah Birx, on a private call with state and local leaders Wednesday, recommended that universities test students returning for fall classes as well as set up “surge” testing. “Each university not only has to do entrance testing,” she said, according to a recording of the call obtained by the Center …

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Birx Wishes US Lockdown Had Looked Like Italy’s

CNN reports: Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House coronavirus task force coordinator, said Monday that she wished the US shutdown had looked like Italy’s, which was under a total lockdown. “I wish that when we went into lockdown, we looked like Italy. When Italy locked down, I mean, people weren’t allowed out of their houses,” she said. “Americans don’t react …

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Chuck Grassley Hits Trump Over Birx Attack: “Use Love”

Mediaite reports: One top Republican senator publicly appealed to President Donald Trump on Twitter over his very public swipe at one of his own coronavirus task force members. Over the weekend, Birx — who was also criticized by Speaker Nancy Pelosi — warned that the U.S. is in a “new phase” of the coronavirus pandemic. Trump tweeted Monday morning, “In …

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Trump Attacks “Pathetic” Birx For COVID Surge Warning

The Guardian reports: House speaker Nancy Pelosi escalated an attack on Dr Deborah Birx, a senior scientist on Donald Trump’s coronavirus taskforce, in television comments on Sunday as Birx defended the administration’s handling of the pandemic. Pelosi, the top Democrat in Congress, was asked on ABC’s This Week whether she has confidence in Birx, a renowned public health expert who …

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LIVE VIDEO: White House COVID Task Force Briefing

The Associated Press reports: The White House coronavirus task force will host a news conference on Wednesday to address the rising number of COVID-19 cases across the country. States across the U.S. have been experiencing significant spikes in COVID-19 cases in recent weeks, which is presumed to be related to premature reopening of economies amid the pandemic. On Tuesday Florida …

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Birx Urges Florida To Begin Pool Testing For COVID

Click Orlando reports: Dr. Deborah Birx traveled with Vice President Mike Pence and Gov. Ron DeSantis to Tampa on Thursday to meet with medical leaders. Birx is a world-renowned medical expert in infection disease and vaccine research, according to the U.S. State Department. While in Florida, she urged the staff at the University of South Florida to begin pool testing …

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Birx Contradicts Trump, Urges Govs To Ramp Up Testing

The Daily Beast reports: Dr. Deborah Birx, the coordinator of President Donald Trump’s coronavirus task force, told the nation’s governors in a call today that it was vital that they ramp up testing to find asymptomatic individuals to prevent further community spread. Her remarks stood in stark contrast to those by the president at his rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma over …

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REPORT: Birx And Fauci Warned Trump Against Rally

CBS News reports: Leading members of the coronavirus task force warned White House officials about the health risks of holding large-scale indoor campaign rallies and advised against such mass gatherings, according to two people familiar with the discussions. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, and task force response coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx both vocalized concerns internally in …

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Birx: You “Must Wear A Mask” While Outside [VIDEO]

Axios reports: White House coronavirus task force coordinator Deborah Birx said on ABC’s “This Week” Sunday that social distancing is “absolutely critical,” and that if Americans can’t maintain at least six feet from other people while gathering outside, they “must wear a mask.” As states have begun to reopen, many Americans have flocked to beaches and outdoor restaurants in large …

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Birx: Metro DC Area Has Highest COVID Positivity Rate

NBC News reports: White House coronavirus task force coordinator Deborah Birx said Friday that the Washington, D.C., metro area currently has the highest COVID-19 positivity rate out of all cities across the country. Birx said that the D.C. metro area, which includes Northern Virginia and Montgomery and Prince George’s counties in Maryland, currently leads the country in the percentage of …

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Birx Says Protesters Without Masks Are “Devastatingly Worrisome,” Restates Projection Of Up To 240K Deaths

The New York Post reports: Dr. Deborah Birx, a member of the White House coronavirus task force, was asked by host Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday” about crowds that gathered at Michigan’s state capitol from a “public health standpoint.” “It’s devastatingly worrisome to me personally because if they go home and, in fact, their grandmother or their grandfather who …

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Birx: Social Distancing Could Last “Through Summer”

The Washington Post reports: Some form of social distancing will probably remain in place through the summer, Deborah Birx, the White House’s coronavirus task force coordinator, said — the same day several governors expressed optimism about the course of the virus and outlined their plans for a piecemeal reopening of their economies. It was the latest instance of conflicting signals …

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Birx: Stop Talking About Trump’s Bleach Claims [VIDEO]

Politico reports: “The CDC had to issue a statement. Lysol had to issue a statement. I understand that you’re taking a generous approach to this when it comes to President Trump musing aloud, but this is potentially dangerous,” Jake Tapper said. “As a doctor, doesn’t that bother you that you even have to spend any time discussing this?” Birx replied …

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Birx Rips “Slicey And Dicey” COVID Headlines [VIDEO]

Axios reports: Deborah Birx, the White House’s coronavirus response coordinator, said Saturday on Fox News that the media needs to be “responsible” about its headlines while covering the coronavirus crisis, noting that most people don’t read the full story. President Trump, while speaking at White House coronavirus briefings, has accused reporters of being “fake news” and asked for more favorable …

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Birx Suggests “Creative” Solutions To Getting Haircuts

Yahoo News reports: Dr. Deborah Birx, one of the leading medical experts on President Trump’s coronavirus task force, tried to reconcile the controversial order by Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp reopening some businesses across the state with the task force recommendations that call for continued social distancing. Among the businesses that Kemp, a Republican and a strong supporter of President Trump, …

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WH Raises Deaths Estimate To As High As 240,000

USA Today reports: Members of President Donald Trump’s administration laid out dire estimates Tuesday to underscore the potential impact of the coronavirus pandemic in the United States, a grim prediction they said was at the center of the president’s decision to extend strict social distancing guidelines through the end of April. Federal public health officials said that between 100,000 and …

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Pence Names Top AIDS Official To Virus Response Team

Bloomberg News reports: Vice President Mike Pence has selected the State Department’s top AIDS official, Deborah Birx, to join his coronavirus response team, his office announced on Thursday. Birx is a career government official who was nominated by former President Barack Obama in 2014 as the U.S. global AIDS coordinator responsible for overseeing humanitarian aid programs combating the epidemic. She …

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