[NFA] White House Coronavirus Task Force Coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx on Wednesday dismissed the notion that the White House was considering a strategy of allowing Americans to become infected with coronavirus in order to reach "herd immunity." Gavino Garay reports.
White House Coronavirus Task Force Coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx on Wednesday flatly rejected reports that a so-called 'herd immunity' strategy was being considered at the White House.
Dr. Birx told reporters at St.
Mary Mercy Hospital in Livonia, Michigan that American lives were non-negotiable for the sake of herd immunity.
"Neither I, nor anybody in the administration, is willing to sacrifice American lives for herd immunity.
We'll get to herd immunity through a vaccine and that's the right way to do it." She was responding to news reports that new White House pandemic advisor Scott Atlas, who is a Stanford University Hoover Institution fellow, had advocated for the Trump administration to lift all social and business restrictions aimed at stopping infections from spreading.
So called herd immunity is created when enough individuals have been infected and become immune, making it harder for the virus to spread.
The nation's top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, told MSNBC on Wednesday that the White House was not using a "herd immunity" strategy and was relying on identification of COVID-19 cases, isolation and contact tracing.
Economic shutdowns and measures such as extensive testing and social distancing have curbed the virus' spread in many countries.
Others, like Sweden, have attempted to let the outbreak run its course in the hopes of creating herd immunity.
Sweden and the United States are both among the nations with the highest rate of coronavirus-related deaths per capita.
Dr. Deborah Birx has dedicated her career to health, and according to CNN, Birx sees Dr. Scott Atlas as an unhealthy influence on President Donald Trump. As coordinator of the White House coronavirus task force, Birx was once a fixture at White House press briefings. However, her influence appears to be fading. Sources told CNN Birx has confided to aides that she's uncertain how much longer she can serve in her position.
A former White House aide who helped coordinate the Trump administration's response to the coronavirus pandemic sharply criticized President Donald Trump in a video released on Thursday and said she planned to vote for Democrat Joe Biden. Gloria Tso reports.
[NFA] Twitter took down a post by a top coronavirus task force adviser who questioned whether masks worked to cut down on transmission of the respiratory illness. This report produced by Zachary Goelman.
The White House coronavirus task force is singing a very different tune from the president, warning of a persistent and broad spread of COVID-19 in the western half of the United States. This report is produced by Jonah Green.
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