White House Hosted Covid Superspreader Event Says Dr Fauci


White House Hosted Covid Superspreader Event Says Dr Fauci

Top US virus expert Dr Anthony Fauci, a member of the Covid task force, said it was clear there was a “superspreader event” at the White House last month.

Asked by CBS News about the outbreak following a Supreme Court event, he said “the data speak for themselves”.

The comments come as President Donald Trump says he has recovered and doctors have cleared him to hold public events.

He plans to hold a medical “evaluation” on Fox News, and will reportedly host a White House event on Saturday.

CBS News Radio White House Correspondent Steven Portnoy on Friday asked what Dr Fauci, a veteran health official, thought of the White House’s reluctance to insist on mask-wearing and social distancing as virus precautions, and instead rely on regular testing.


“The data speak for themselves – we had a superspreader event in the White House, and it was in a situation where people were crowded together and were not wearing masks.”

Dr Fauci also noted experts have been recommending mask-wearing for the last six months, and condemned talk of a coronavirus “cure” – a word Mr Trump has used in reference to the experimental treatments he received during his three-day stay at a military hospital.

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An event at the White House, celebrating the president’s nomination of Amy Coney Barrett as a Supreme Court judge on Saturday 26 September, is thought to be the root of the localised outbreak, as many attendees have since tested positive.

Large gatherings are still banned in the nation’s capital due to Covid-19, but federal property like the White House is exempt.

White House Hosted Covid Superspreader Event Says Dr Fauci


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