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White House admits it doesn't control coronavirus pandemic

Christian Fernsby ▼ | October 26, 2020
A senior aide to President Donald Trump has conceded that the U.S. is 'not going to control the pandemic'.
Mark Meadows
Chief of Staff   Mark Meadows
Instead, White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows said coronavirus could only be defeated by “mitigation areas” like vaccines and therapeutics.

Speaking with CNN, Mr Meadows said control of the virus was not a realistic goal because “it is a contagious virus just like the flu”.

Some 225,000 Americans have died since the pandemic began, the highest figure of any country.

Addressing supporters in New Hampshire on Sunday, President Trump repeated his claim that the U.S. was turning a corner with the pandemic, despite recording record numbers of infections and rising hospital admissions.

“We’re coming around, we’re rounding the turn, we have the vaccines, we have everything. Even without the vaccines, we’re rounding the turn,” the president told supporters, many of them not wearing face masks or observing social distancing.