A senior aide to US President Donald Trump has admitted that the United States “will not control the epidemic.”
Instead, White House chief of staff Mark Meadows said that COVID-19 can only be defeated through “mitigation areas” such as vaccines and treatments.
His statements come at a time of increasing cases of Coronavirus in the United States, nine days before the country’s presidential elections.
US Vice President Mike Pence continued the election campaign, despite a number of his team being infected with the Corona virus, which causes Covid-19 disease.
Pence’s office said he and his wife tested negative on Sunday.
In an interview with CNN, Meadows said that controlling the virus was not a realistic goal because it is “a virus contagious like influenza.”
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden said in a statement responding to the interview that the White House was waving the “white flag of defeat.”
He added that Meadows’ comments showed that the Trump administration “has abandoned its basic duty of protecting the American people.”
More than 225,000 Americans have died since the pandemic began, the highest number of any country.
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Addressing his supporters in New Hampshire Sunday, President Trump repeated the claim that the United States has begun to make progress in confronting the epidemic, despite record numbers of infections and a high number of hospitalizations.
The president told his supporters, many of them did not wear masks or observe the rules of social distancing: “We are on the verge of the end of this epidemic, we have vaccinations, we have everything. Even without vaccinations, we are nearing its end.”
The trials for any vaccine have not yet been completed.
Trump – who continued his campaign in North Carolina, Ohio and Wisconsin on Saturday – is due to appear in two rallies in Pennsylvania on Monday, before heading to Michigan, Wisconsin and Nebraska on Tuesday.
Vice President Mike Pence held a rally Sunday afternoon in Kinston, North Carolina.
Pence continued the election campaign, although he had been in close contact with Mark Short, his chief of staff, who had tested positive for the virus.
Media reports say that Pence’s advisor Marty Obest, and at least two other members of his staff, tested positive for the virus days ago. These cases raised new questions about Covid-19 prevention measures at the White House, three weeks after President Trump was hospitalized with the virus before he recovered.
Joe Biden did not have any activities previously scheduled for Sunday. He headed to church, and later appeared briefly at an online concert hosted by his campaign.
In an interview with CBS ’60 Minutes, which aired on Sunday, Biden said President Trump still had a chance to win the election even though he was eight points behind him in the polls.
He accused the president of trying to delegitimize the elections by questioning the integrity of polling via mail.
As for Trump, in recent days he has been switching between the main swing states. Biden’s lead narrowed him far in several of those states that will decide the election outcome.
How does the Corona virus affect in a The election?
The Coronavirus outbreak in the United States has become a major political battleground, ahead of the elections scheduled for November 3, and has contributed to increasing early and mail voting rates.
About 59 million people have already cast their votes, a record that the epidemic has largely paid for.
An American infectious disease expert, Anthony Fauci, said in an interview with the BBC on Sunday that the Covid-19 vaccine could be available in the United States before the end of the year if it is proven to be “safe and effective,” but the first doses of it will be available to people according to their priority.
He added that it will take “several months until 2021” before the vaccine becomes available on a larger scale.