Deborah Birx, the White House's coronavirus task force response coordinator, blasted the CDC during a task force meeting discussing COVID-19 data, according to The Washington Post.
During a task force meeting Wednesday, a heated discussion broke out between Deborah Birx, the physician who oversees the administration's coronavirus response, and Robert Redfield, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Birx and others were frustrated with the CDC's antiquated system for tracking virus data, which they worried was inflating some statistics — such as mortality rate and case count — by as much as 25 percent, according to four people present for the discussion or later briefed on it.
According to two of the sources, Birx exclaimed, "There is nothing from the CDC that I can trust."
Birx said in a statement:
"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."