Still, many - including President Donald Trump - are calling for doctors to prescribe hydroxychloroquine to Covid-19 patients. Birx as well as Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute ofAllergy and Infectious Diseases, have said the death toll could go as high as 200,000.
The president and other members of the task force sought to assure the public that the country may be close to getting through the worst of the pandemic. While health experts say it's best to wait until clinical trials determine if hydroxychloroquine is safe and effective in treating Covid-19, Trump wants faster results.
- "We need you" -New York state, the USA epicenter, saw a record 630 deaths in a single day and Governor Andrew Cuomo warned the worst was yet to come.
It killed an estimated 50 million or more worldwide, with about 675,000 of the deaths in the USA, says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "He is always complaining", Trump said.
"This is going to be the hardest and the saddest week of most Americans' lives, quite frankly", Adams said on Fox News Sunday.
But Trump and Fauci disputed that there's a disconnect between those viewpoints.
"I spoke to him (PM Modi), Sunday morning and I said we appreciate it that you are allowing our supply to come out, if he doesn't allow it to come out, that would be okay, but of course, there may be retaliation, why wouldn't there be?" "We cut off the stream of people who ultimately required hospitalization, required intubation, required all of the kinds of extreme methods".
Coronavirus: Are loss of smell and taste key symptoms?
Nevertheless, it reiterates that people recovering from COVID-19 should remain in self-isolation long after symptoms clear up. They added that younger patients have been demonstrating such symptoms which suggests that the virus settles in the nose.
"What do you have to lose?" he said repeatedly, at one point adding: "If it does work, it would be a shame if we didn't do it early". But he offered no specifics.
"In view of the humanitarian aspects of the pandemic, it has been decided that India would licence paracetamol and HCQ in appropriate quantities to all our neighbouring countries who are dependent on our capabilities". She suggested the USA could be facing a similar path, suggesting it would mean social distancing could soon show signs of working.
"We see a light at the end of the tunnel", he said.
There are more than 337,000 confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S.as of late Sunday, with more than 9,600 deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
The estimated deaths are based on Americans tightly following guidelines, issued in March and extended through April 30, calling on citizens to home school their children, avoid groups of more than 10 and ensure good hygiene practices such as thorough hand washing.
The president has vacillated at the daily briefings between giving a somber and realistic accounting of grim projections and offering optimism about the economy being able to reopen in a matter of weeks instead of months.