Donald Trump seems to have admitted that the coronavirus “runs wild” throughout the United States, contrary to his statements throughout the election campaign that the country “rounded the trip” on the pandemic.
As new Covid infections in the US approached 200,000 a day, Trump took to Twitter on Saturday night to insist that things were bad outside the US as well: “The Fake News is not talking about the fact that ̵
On Friday, the United States registered 195,500 new cases, a global and U.S. record, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. On Saturday, the country consisted of 12 million. Cases, by far the largest overall in the world.
During the election campaign, Trump repeatedly claimed that the United States “rounded up” the coronavirus and that the country would hear much less about the November 4 pandemic.
In his tweets late on Saturday, he insisted that the “fake news” forget to mention that “far fewer people die when they get Covid”.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Saturday it had issued an emergency use approval for Regeneron Pharmaceuticals’ antibody treatment, which was given to the president when he had Covid-19 in October. It comes as daily deaths in the United States approached the numbers seen in the first months of the pandemic. On Thursday, more than 2,000 Americans died of Covid, the highest number since May.
Trump said at the virtual G20 summit early on Saturday that “the biggest issue was Covid. We will heal quickly, especially with our vaccines! ”.
Trump also hinted to G20 leaders that he would work with them in the future.
“I look forward to working with you again for a long time,” he told executives, according to a statement from Observer.
Ahead of the summit, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called on the G20 to join COVAX, an international initiative to distribute Covid-19 vaccines to countries around the world. The United States has refused to participate under Trump.
Instead, it and other countries such as Britain, France and Germany, all of which are G20 nations, have directly negotiated agreements with pharmaceutical companies to receive billions of doses, which means that the vast majority of the world’s vaccine supply next year is already reserved.
Moderna told the German weekly Welt am Sonntag that it would charge governments between $ 25 and $ 37 per tonne. Dose of its Covid vaccine candidate, depending on the amount ordered.
“Our vaccine therefore costs about the same as a flu shot, which is between $ 10 and $ 50,” CEO Stephane Bancel was quoted as saying.
Back in the US, millions were expected to travel to the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday, ignoring warnings of the virus spreading.
More than a million people flew through airports on Friday, according to data from the Transportation Security Administration. It was the second largest domestic air traffic day since the start of the pandemic.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a warning on Saturday to all people to avoid cruise ships because the risk of Covid-19 on board is very high.
Last month, the agency issued a framework for a gradual resumption of cruise ship operations following the expiration of a non-sail order issued in March in response to the new coronavirus pandemic.