The government’s top immunologist said more could have been done that would have potentially slowed the spread and lessened the ramifications of the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S.
‘Obviously you could logically say that if you had a process that was ongoing and you started mitigation earlier you could’ve saved lives, obviously,’ Fauci told CNN‘s State of the Union Sunday morning.
‘No-one is going to deny that,’ he continued, but added ‘there was a lot of pushback about shutting things down back then.’
Anthony Fauci said Sunday morning that Donald Trump could have saved more American lives if he had shut down the country sooner
‘There was a lot of pushback about shutting things down back then,’ Fauci told CNN
There are several reports that intelligence officials told the White House that there was a virus threat coming from China as early as November, indicating that the president knew about coronavirus sooner than he let on.
‘You know, Jake, as I have said many times, we look at it from a pure health standpoint,’ Fauci told CNN’s Jake Tapper. ‘We make a recommendation. Often, the recommendation is taken. Sometimes, it’s not.’
‘But it is what it is,’ he continued. ‘We are where we are right now.’
So far more than 20,000 people died in the U.S. after contracting coronavirus and there are more than 530,000 cases as of Sunday morning.