A doctor who helped guide the Trump administration’s pandemic response said that most U.S. deaths from Covid-19 could have been avoided. Deborah Birx, one of six health officials who talked to CNN’s Sanjay Gupta in an interview broadcast last night, said a crucial opportunity to prevent soaring deaths was missed. "I look at it this way. The first time we have an excuse," she said. "There were about a hundred thousand deaths that came from that original surge. All of the rest of them, in my mind, could have been mitigated or decreased substantially."