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Dr. Birx Plans to Retire, Citing ‘Overwhelming’ Holiday Travel Scandal



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Dr. Deborah Birx has announced she plans to retire after being outed on Sunday for not following her own holiday travel guidance, calling the experience “overwhelming.”

In an interview with Newsy, the White House coronavirus task force coordinator said she would help the incoming Biden administration but then planned to head for the exits.

“I will have to say, as a civil servant, I will be helpful through a period of time, and then I will have to say, this experience has been a bit overwhelming. It has been very difficult on my family … I think what was done over the last week to my family.”

The infectious disease expert, 64, came under criticism for not following her own travel guidance when she was joined by three different generations of family at one of her vacation properties in Delaware the day after Thanksgiving. She had publicly urged Americans in the days leading up to Thanksgiving to limit gatherings to “your immediate household.”

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