Ms Conway explained that “some of the scientists and doctors say that there could be other strains later on”, and added that “this could come back in the fall in a limited way”.
She added that the organisation has done a poor job of dealing with the coronavirus pandemic so far, but seemingly misunderstood the origin of the name, Covid-19.
“This is COVID-19, not COVID-1 folks, and so you would think the people charged with the World Health Organisation facts and figures would be on top of that.”
“The new name of this disease is coronavirus disease 2019, abbreviated as COVID-19. In COVID-19, ‘CO’ stands for ‘corona,’ ‘VI’ for ‘virus,’ and ‘D’ for disease,” the website reads.
“Formerly, this disease was referred to as ‘2019 novel coronavirus’ or ‘2019-nCoV’.”
A White House official told The Independent that Ms Conway was well aware that “19” referred to the year.
The official added that she attended Task Force meetings daily and sat behind Drs Birx and Fauci. Ms Conway never mentioned “18 other coronaviruses”.
The president announced on Tuesday the US will be suspending its funding of the World Health Organisation (WHO), so it can review its response to the coronavirus outbreak.
“The reality is the WHO failed to obtain, vet and share information in a timely fashion,” Mr Trump said. “The WHO failed in its basic duty and must be held accountable.”
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