Feb 14, 2022 - Politics & Policy

Former Trump COVID advisor Deborah Birx to publish book

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Deborah Birx at a press briefing in November of 2020. Photo: Chris Kleponis/CNP/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Deborah Birx, who served as an adviser in the Trump administration at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, will release a memoir in April focusing on her time in the White House, AP reports.

Driving the news: Birx, a respected physician and diplomat who faced criticism for not pushing back on Trump when he contradicted public health experts, said in a statement to the AP she wanted to document "the full extent of what I witnessed as I tried to save lives" during the COVID-19 pandemic.

What she's saying: “In the book, I expose the true cost of mistakes that were made at all levels of the federal government, but I also clarify the things that went right yet remained largely unseen — the insights and innovations that saved American lives in this pandemic and are essential to preparing for the next," she said.

Catch up quick: Birx was appointed to the position by then-Vice President Mike Pence in February 2020 and served until December 2020.

  • She testified in October 2021, saying the Trump administration could have prevented more deaths had there been more mask mandates and increased testing, among other things,

What's next: The book, titled “Silent Invasion: The Untold Story of the Trump Administration, COVID-19, and Preventing the Next Pandemic Before It’s Too Late," is scheduled to come out April 26.

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