Trump: “White House staff member positive at Covid”
A member of the White House staff tested positive for the coronavirus. This was reported by US President Donald Trump, answering a question at a press conference. The person in question “is not close to me”, however, specified Trump. A little less than two months after the presidential elections, the battle for the White House is played on the anti-Covid vaccine and above all on its timing.
The American president assured that the US is “closer than you think” to achieving the goal and that distribution will begin “in October”. He was echoed by spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany, according to whom “the goal is to have over 100 million doses by the end of the year”.
Robert R. Redfield
Deadlines that have not been disavowed by the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Robert Redfield, who nevertheless stressed that by the end of the year there is hope for a vaccine but in limited quantities while it will take about “six to nine months “to get all Americans to hire. Testifying to the Senate, Redfield said wearing masks might be more effective than a vaccine. The United States should have enough vaccine doses to allow Americans to return to “normal life” by the third quarter of 2021, he predicted.
However, Trump’s prediction that Redfield, who spoke under oath to Congress, “was wrong”. “The vaccine – Trump pointed out – is much more effective than masks, perhaps he also misunderstood this question”.
New York State most affected by death toll
New York State most affected by death toll with 33,042 people dying from the pandemic remains the most affected by death toll. New York City alone has seen 23,762 deaths since the outbreak began. Following are New Jersey (16,054), Texas (14,715), California (14,656) and Florida (12,939). The ranking of infections is instead led by California with 770,035 positives, followed by Texas with 695,988, Florida with 671,201 and the State of New York with 446,366.
Brazil exceeds 4.4 million infections and 134,000 deaths
Brazil, one of the most affected countries in the world by the coronavirus pandemic, has reached 4,419,083 million infections and 134,196 deaths. The data was provided by the ministry of Saute. In the last 24 hours, the country has recorded 36,820 new cases and 987 deaths linked to Covid. The people healed, including President Jair Bolsonaro, are 3,720,312.
New Zealand: GDP collapsed by 12.2% in the second quarter
New Zealand’s GDP collapsed by 12.2% in the second quarter of the year due to the coronavirus pandemic. This is the largest contraction ever recorded, the National Statistical Office noted.
Oxfam denounces: “To rich countries half future vaccine doses”
A group of developed countries, home to 13% of the world‘s population, has already pre-purchased half of future doses of the coronavirus vaccine. The complaint is from Oxfam, which in a report underlines the difficulty that much of the rest of the world will have in finding a vaccine in the initial period of its distribution.
The logic of the richer countries, explains the NGO, is to procure as a precaution from several competing manufacturers, in the hope that at least one of them will be able to produce an effective vaccine. And so the United States since mid-May, then Great Britain, the European Union, Japan and other nations have signed a variety of contracts to guarantee the production and delivery of doses in advance if the ongoing tests prove valid. .
India: another 97,900 cases in 24 hours
India marks another record leap in daily coronavirus infections, with 97,895 cases in the past 24 hours. This was announced today by the Indian Ministry of Health.
With over 5.1 million total cases, India is the second most affected country in the world by the pandemic behind the United States. India’s Federal Ministry of Health reported that 1,132 people died of Covid-19 in one day, bringing the total number of victims of the disease in the Asian country to 83,200.