Dr. Deborah Birx, the former White House Coronavirus Task Force Coordinator at the White House, is taking a job in the private sector, joining a Texas manufacturer who says air purifiers clean Covid-19 from the air within minutes and from surfaces within hours.
She and the company said Friday that Birx will join Dallas-based ActivePure as its chief scientific and medical advisor.
A global health expert, Birx came to the White House in 2020 to help lead the Trump administration’s response to the pandemic.
But she was criticized for not confronting former President Donald Trump for underestimating the virus and expecting it will disappear, and Asked if taking bleach It can help treat injured Americans.
While her friend and former mentor, Dr. Anthony Fauci, was promoted to Joe Biden’s chief medical advisor, Birx did not get a job in the new administration.
“The Biden administration wants a clean page,” she told Reuters in an interview. “I totally understand that.”
Birks left the government earlier this week.
She said she and Fauci regularly ask themselves what could have been done differently over the past year.
“When you have 100,000 people lost during the summer, and 300,000 people lost during the autumn and winter wave, you have to ask yourself and you must know that things did not go as they should be,” she said.
“We are all responsible for that.”
Corona virus has killed more than 530,000 people in the United States, more than any other country.
Birx said she was still dealing with regret and the steps she could have taken to be more effective.
“I’m trying to arrange them,” she said. “We have to be ready to step back and really analyze what we could have been up to and why we couldn’t have been more effective.”
Birx said she was still concerned about the level of testing in the country, but praised the new administration for modeling mask-wearing and other behaviors that help fight the virus.
Trump, the Republican, avoided masks.
Of the Biden team, she said, “I think the messages were very good and very consistent.” “This is really important when you ask people to change their behavior.”
In addition to her role at ActivePure, Birx has also joined the George W. Bush Institute as a Global Health Fellow and biopharmaceutical company Innoviva as a member of the board, she said.