Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has been continually giving advice and educating the public on the COVID-19 pandemic.
As the nation surpasses 500,000 COVID-19 deaths, the doctor explained how poorly our country has done to slow the spread of the global outbreak.
During an appearance on "Good Morning America," Fauci said the United States has “done worse than most any other country” in battling the novel virus, despite being a "highly developed, rich country."
“It’s so tough to just go back and try and, you know, do a metaphorical autopsy on how things went. It was just bad. It is bad now,” Fauci added.
Last week, the nation hit a grim milestone as it reached half a million deaths due to COVID-19.
At the time, Fauci said this was both “really horrible” and “historic.”
"It's nothing like we've ever been through in the last 102 years since the 1918 influenza pandemic,” Fauci said.
"People decades from now are going to be talking about this as a terribly historic milestone in the history of this country,” he added.
As of Wednesday, the US has reported 504,135 deaths from coronavirus, the most out of any other nation in the world, according to Johns Hopkins University.