Dr. Deborah Birx Traveled During Thanksgiving, Despite Urging Americans Not To
Dr. Deborah Birx, coordinator of the White House coronavirus response, traveled and visited with family during the Thanksgiving holiday, despite urging Americans to avoid doing the same.
AP news reported that Birx traveled the day after Thanksgiving to gather with her daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren at her vacation home on Fenwick Island in Delaware.
In a statement to the AP, Birx insisted that everyone on the trip was a member of her “immediate household.” However, not all of those family members live in the same home.
In the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving, Birx warned Americans to avoid travel and gatherings to mitigate the spread of coronavirus.
While in Delaware, Birx interviewed with CBS News’ “Face The Nation,” and told anyone who had traveled for the holiday to “assume that you are exposed and you became infected” and “to get tested in the next week.”
Kathleen Flynn, a relative to Birx, told the AP that Birx’s travels had caused friction among their family.
“She cavalierly violated her own guidance,” Flynn said.
Birx is reportedly seeking a role in the Biden administration, but many are critical of her violating her own guidelines.
“To me this disqualifies her from any future government health position,” said Dr. Angela Rasmussen, a virologist at the Georgetown Center for Global Health Science and Security. “It’s a terrible message for someone in public health to be sending to the American people.”