A senior aide to President Donald Trump has confessed that the US is “not going to control the pandemic”.
White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows said Covid-19 could only be defeated by “mitigation areas” like vaccines and therapeutics.
Mr. Meadows spoke to CNN. He said that control of the virus was not a realistic goal because “it is a contagious virus just like the flu”.
On the contrary, Democratic nominee Joe Biden stated while responding to an interview that the White House was waving “the white flag of defeat”.
He added that Mr. Meadows’ comments showed the Trump administration had “given up on their basic duty to protect the American people”.
The comments came as coronavirus cases increased in the US. Some 225,000 Covid-19 patients have died since the pandemic began, the highest figure of any country. The US is battling against the highest number of confirmed cases.
President Trump spoke to supporters in New Hampshire on Sunday. He said that the US was turning a corner with the pandemic, despite recording record numbers of infections and rising hospital admissions.
He told supporters, “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.”