Newly leaked emails show Birx wanted no part of Trump White House’s pandemic response strategy

It’s widely known that there was a lot of tension in Washington between then-President Donald Trump and the still-active chief of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Dr. Anthony Fauci.

New emails show that Fauci wasn’t the only high-profile public health official who experienced friction with some in Trump’s circle, however.

Birx rejects herd immunity

As the Daily Wire reports, documents were put out this week by the House Select Subcommittee on COVID-19 detailing messages sent by Dr. Deborah Birx in 2020, during the early days of the pandemic.

Recipients of the emails included former Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Robert Redfield, former Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Director Stephen Hahn, and Marc Short, who previously served as former Vice President Mike Pence’s chief of staff.

In the messages, Birx, who had been appointed by Trump to serve on a White House coronavirus task force, expressed dissatisfaction with fellow members who were advocating a strategy of herd immunity.

“I can’t be part of this”

“I can’t be part of this with these people who believe in herd immunity and believe we are fine with only protecting the 1.5M Americans in LTCF and not the 80M + with co-morbidities in the populations included the unacceptable death toll among Native Americans, Hispanics and Blacks,” Birx declared in one message, according to the Daily Wire.

“With our current mitigation scenario we end up near 300K [deaths] by Christmas and 500K by the time we have vaccine — close to the 600K live[s] lost with 1918 Flu,” Birx added.

“We have worked to find a path that is the least disruptive to the economy but moves us under R1 and saves both the economy and American lives,” she contended, according to the Daily Wire.

Birx pushes masks, distancing

Birx went on to argue that the U.S. would have to take a more aggressive approach to mask and social distancing requirements than that seen in Sweden, due in part to higher rates of obesity in America.

“Without masks and social distancing in public and homes we end up with twice as many deaths — we are a very unhealthy nation with a lot of obesity etc — we will never look as good as even Sweden due to our co-morbidities,” the doctor declared, according to the Daily Wire.

She also took issue with “people who believe that all the curves are predetermined and mitigation is irrelevant,” calling them “a fringe group without grounding in epidemics, public health, or on the ground common sense experience.”

Instead of appearing at the White House to stump for the herd immunity plan, Birx offered an alternative, as the Daily Wire noted. “I am happy to go out of town or whatever gives the [White House] cover for Weds,” she said. “I am open to options.”

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