Deborah Birx, former coronavirus response coordinator, speaks during a House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis hearing in Washington, D.C., US, on Thursday, June 23, 2022.
Photographer: Ting Shen/Bloomberg WASHINGTON - A lack of clear, concise and consistent messaging about the seriousness of the novel coronavirus in the earliest months of its spread created a false sense of security among Americans that the pandemic would not be serious and resulted in inaction early on across the federal government.That was the assessment of Dr.
Deborah Birx, who served as the COVID response coordinator under former President Donald Trump and testified for the first time Thursday before a House panel about her time in the Trump administration."It wasn't just the president, many of our leaders, were using words like ‘we could contain,' and you cannot contain a virus that cannot be seen," Birx said. "And it wasn't being seen because we weren't testing."Birx appeared before the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis, whose partisan divide was evident throughout the hearing as Democrats focused their attention on missteps made during the Trump administration while Republicans did the same when it came to Democratic-led states such as New York or under the Biden administration, such as when the Biden administration, such as when President Joe Biden overstated the efficacy of vaccines by telling Americans in a CNN town hall, "You’re not going to get COVID if you have these vaccinations."Much of the hearing focused on concerns Birx had about strategies promoted by Dr.