The leader of the US COVID task force revealed how the government’s credibility was “unraveled” after President Donald Trump said bleach could fight the virus.

Dr. Deborah Birx, who served as the White House coronavirus Response coordinator in the Trump administration between 2020 and 2021, told Sky News there was a “failure” to provide “clear and consistent communication” to the American public during the pandemic.

Mr. Trump made the widely condemned observation after a study was conducted to establish the effect of sunlight versus disinfectant on playground equipment.

He was targeted by medical experts who criticized his suggestion as “irresponsible” and “dangerous”.

Recalling the moment, Dr Birx told Sky News’ Kay Burley: “Everything we have done to build credibility with the American people is unraveling.

“I couldn’t understand what was going on.”

The playground equipment study was conducted in an effort to speed up the reopening of parks closed due to the pandemic, said Dr Birx.

“Suddenly we’re talking about humans rather than monkey bars,” he said.

“It took me a while to understand what he was talking about because it was strictly about playing fields.”

Dr Birx said the pandemic led to the creation of “villains and victims” adding that “it was never black and white” – and praised the Trump administration for its work in obtaining tests, treatments and vaccines.

But he warned that the world is “unprepared” for the COVID pandemic and has not taken infectious diseases seriously enough.

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Dr. Debora Birx

“We have not prepared ourselves adequately as a global community,” he said, adding that it was imperative that authorities consider how to fight any future medical crisis.

Testing is key, he warned.

“It’s clear with COVID, and also monkeypoxthat transmission can happen before you have symptoms, but some may never have symptoms, there is a spectrum of diseases.

“We can’t rely on symptoms alone.”

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Dr. Birx’s warning comes as the World Health Organization (WHO) said today. COVID was becoming “too intelligent” and “overcoming the immune system”.

Dr David Nabarro, WHO’s special envoy on COVID, urged people to “respect the virus” as it was revealed that the death toll in the UK has exceeded 200,000.

WHO chief Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warned Wednesday that the the virus “runs freely” and called on world leaders to redeploy measures including the use of masks and better ventilation.

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