The Trump White House has corrected a transcript of Thursday's pandemic briefing that falsely made it look like Dr. Deborah Birx agreed that ultraviolet rays could be used to treat COVID-19.
NBC News reporter Shannon Pettypiece on Friday flagged a change in the official transcript that corrected an earlier error regarding Birx's reaction to Trump's rambling musings about using sunlight to treat coronavirus.
"Deborah, have you ever heard of that -- the heat and the light, relative to certain viruses, yes, but relative to this virus?" Trump asked Birx.
"That is a treatment," Birx replied in the original transcript, when in reality Birx said, "Not as a treatment."
Check out side-by-side comparisons of the two transcripts below.
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