Former coronavirus task force coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx said her work was hampered by misleading information and COVID deniers inside the White House. In a broad interview with CBS News’ “Face the Nation” on Sunday, Birx said “outside advisers” were feeding then-President Donald Trump a “parallel data stream.”
“I saw the president presenting graphics that I never did. So I know that someone out there or someone inside was creating a parallel set of data and graphs that was shown to the president. . . . I know what I sent and I know that what was in your hands was different from that. “” – Dr. Deborah Birx
Birx said the flow of incomplete and misleading information to the president deeply worries her. “I have built my career on transparency and data accountability,” he said. “We don’t cut it into pieces and say, we’ll only see it in these six weeks because it makes us look better… You can’t do that. You have to use the entire database. “Birx cited Dr. Scott Atlas as one of those driving the” parallel data streams, “but said he doesn’t know who else was involved. Plus: Fauci raises the profile as a public face of Biden‘s pandemic battle plan at the White House. He added that there were people in the White House “who definitely believed this was a hoax.” Birx said he was constantly under staffed and political pressure, and “always.” He considered resigning, but the opportunity to do good outweighed the political tribulations. “I had to ask myself every morning, is there something that I think I can do that is helpful in responding to this pandemic?” Birx announced his retirement in December.