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Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House’s coronavirus task force response coordinator, criticized the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention during a recent meeting about COVID-19 data, according to The Washington Post.

  • Two people familiar with the meeting told the Post that Birx said to CDC Director Robert Redfield, “There is nothing from the CDC that I can trust.”
  • Birx and others reportedly were concerned that the data-tracking system used by the CDC inflated coronavirus numbers, such as mortality rates and infection numbers, by up to 25 percent.

Birx told the Post that:

Mortality is slowly declining each day...To keep with this trend, it is essential that seniors and those with comorbidities shelter in place and that we continue to protect vulnerable communities.

Many other sources of information point to the coronavirus statistics being undercounted by the CDC, reports Business Insider.

  • A study conducted by Yale School of Public Health indicated that mortality numbers from COVID-19 have been undercounted in the U.S. and across nations, especially during the early phases of the pandemic.
  • John Hopkins University’s coronavirus data showed that daily COVID-19 deaths in the country remain close to 2,000 and are not steadily declining.
  • The New York Times reported that an internal White House model also predicted daily coronavirus deaths to reach 3,000 by early June.

During the meeting, the drug remdesivir was another heated topic. Early results from clinical trials with coronavirus patients were promising, and the Trump administration planned on distributing it to states with graver situations.

  • A CDC official announced during the meeting that the government had already delivered the drug to seven states. However, Birx and other members of the White House coronavirus task force had not decided which states were to be prioritized.
  • Birx asked the official, “why would you do that?”

See the full report here.