As the U.S. election approached, Trump added Fauci’s “praise” in a new campaign ad in order to promote his ability to fight the epidemic.
In this regard, Fauci said that the Trump team quoted his own remarks without his consent, and that these remarks were taken out of context.
The Trump team released a 30-second campaign ad on October 10, touting Trump and the U.S. government’s performance in the fight against the epidemic: “President Trump is recovering from the new coronavirus, and the United States is doing the same… Together we meet the challenge, protect our elderly, and provide them with life-saving drugs in record time, at all costs.”
The ad also inserted a sentence of Fauci’s “comrade”: “I can’t imagine that… anybody could be doing more.”
This sentence is in line with the image of Trump wearing a mask in the campaign advertisement and the emotional commentary. It has a kind of praise for the president’s effective fight against the epidemic.
But Fauci didn’t think so.
According to a CNN report on the 11th, Fauci told the media that he would not openly support any political candidates, and his words were taken out of context.
“In my nearly 50 years of public service career, I have never publicly supported any political candidates. The comments quoted in the Republican campaign ads without my permission are a response to my efforts regarding federal public health officials a few months ago. The statement made is taken out of context.”
CNN said that Fauci’s original words came from an interview in March this year. In that interview, Fauci praised the work of the White House New Coronavirus Task Force in response to the epidemic day and night.
His original words were: “Everyone is ready. As one of the many members of the team, I am not the only one… From the beginning, we realized what this is. I spend almost all of my time on it, I stay with the task force at the White House almost every day. So, I can’t imagine that… anybody could be doing more.”
Although Fauci himself came forward to clarify, Trump and his campaign are still stubborn.
Tim Murtaugh, the Trump campaign director, said that these are Fauci’s own words. “Dr. Fauci praised the work of the Trump administration in the interview. These words are right. From his mouth.”
Trump reposted these words on Twitter on the 11th and commented: “This is indeed Dr. Fauci’s own words. According to some governors, we have done extraordinary’ work. Many people agree… Vaccines and treatments have also emerged, far exceeding expectations.”
Earlier in the day, Trump tweeted that he had completely recovered from the virus, would not spread the new coronavirus, and was “immune”. However, the White House still did not say whether the Trump virus test results have turned negative.
Fauci is a member of the White House’s New Coronavirus Task Force. He has won the support of many netizens because of his outspoken speaking and daring to correct the president’s mistakes. Fauci’s reputation and support rate in the United States has always been very high. Trump also wondered: Why is Fauci’s approval rating higher than me?
However, the White House’s attitude towards Fauci can be described as “hot and cold.” With the spread of the epidemic in the United States, Fauci was marginalized by the White House for a time and became the target of his “dumping”. In early July, Trump publicly stated that “Fauci was wrong in many things,” which attracted some White House officials to criticize Fauci in the same way. However, Trump later stated that “I have a good relationship with Fauci” and “recall” Fauci to the White House.
Germany starts ordering 2022 vaccines, local leaders suggest approval of Chinese vaccines
German Health Minister Jens Spahn revealed on Saturday (30th) that the country has now begun to order the 2022 vaccine, because the spread of the variant new coronavirus may require an increase in the dose in the future.
According to Reuters news on the 31st, Spann said in a video conference for medical staff on the 30th that Germany is currently ordering 2022 vaccines, and at least some of them must be obtained first because no one knows whether there is a need to increase the number of vaccine injections in the future, or In order to maintain immunity to the new coronavirus, vaccines must be purchased in advance as a preventive measure. Spann said that 2.3 million people out of the 83 million German population have received the first dose of vaccine, but because vaccine manufacturers such as AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Modena, and other vaccine manufacturers suddenly announced reductions in production, European governments faced a shortage of vaccines. Both are quite a headache. The German government has set up a new vaccination task force, and it is also expected to convene federal and local government representatives, pharmaceutical companies, and EU representatives for a vaccine meeting on the 1st.
Germany, as the largest economy in Europe, stalled during the second blockade in November. Many Germans envied the faster vaccination rates in Britain, Israel, and other countries. The German federal government has continuously received criticisms of too slow vaccination progress. German media described the government vaccine program as a “scandal.” Public opinion surveys show that people’s satisfaction with the government’s epidemic prevention has dropped to 49%, the lowest point since the epidemic.
Before the meeting of the new vaccination working group, some powerful regional leaders in Germany also expressed dissatisfaction with the federal epidemic prevention and control measures. The governor of Bavaria, Markus Soeder, put forward a new proposal that requires the federal state to allow the state to have more say in the supply of vaccines to the groups most in need. Soder said, “We need an emergency vaccine economy system, and the country must formulate clear rules,” he called on the authorities to consider approving Chinese and Russian vaccines for use in other European countries.
According to reports, as of the 30th, Germany had 13,321 new cases and 794 deaths in a single day, with a total of more than 2.21 million confirmed cases and 56,000 deaths. Although the number of cases per 100,000 people has dropped by 3 in the past 7 days to 91 cases. The government stated that the number must be less than 50 cases to prevent hospitals from being overwhelmed. In addition, the German Ministry of the Interior said that due to the growing domestic concerns about the mutant virus, it is currently preparing to impose restrictions on the entry of passengers from the United Kingdom, Brazil, and South Africa.
The U.S. and Russia reach an agreement on extending the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty
On January 26, US President Biden had a telephone conversation with Russian President Putin for the first time after taking office. The Russian Kremlin stated that the two sides agreed to extend the arms control agreement “New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty,” and the US White House also said that the two sides will work on extending the treaty.
Russian Satellite News Agency quoted the Kremlin News Service on the 26th as saying that Putin and Biden reached an agreement on extending the “New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty” during a telephone conversation. The source said: “In the near future, both parties will complete all necessary procedures to ensure that this important international mechanism for mutual restriction of nuclear weapons continues to take effect.”
Reuters reported on the 26th that the White House did not immediately confirm the Kremlin’s statement. However, the White House issued a statement saying that the leaders of the United States and Russia agreed to let their working groups urgently start work on the extension of the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty.
The United States and Russia signed the “New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty” in 2010, which aims to limit the number of strategic nuclear warheads and delivery vehicles deployed by the two countries. After the US-Russia “China-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty” expired in 2019, the “New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty” became the only arms control treaty between the two countries. The treaty will expire on February 5, 2021, but the validity of the treaty can be negotiated between the two countries It will be extended at most 5 years later. In 2020, the United States and Russia launched several rounds of negotiations on the extension of the treaty. In October of that year, the two sides proposed to extend the treaty for one year but ultimately failed to finalize the details.
U.S. COVID-19 patient dies hours after vaccination
A person infected with the new coronavirus in California, USA, died a few hours after being vaccinated with the new coronavirus on the 21st. The cause of death has not been identified, and it is not clear whether the deceased was vaccinated with Modena or Pfizer.
According to Fox News, the Placer County Sheriff’s Office in California announced on Saturday (23rd) that a resident who tested positive for the new coronavirus in December 2020 will be vaccinated on January 21, 2021. Received the vaccine, but died a few hours later.
The sheriff’s office said that at present, many local, state, and federal agencies are actively investigating the case. It is too early to talk about the cause of death, and the results of the investigation are still pending.
According to the report, it is still unclear whether the vaccine for the deceased was Moderna or Pfizer.
According to previous reports, a report issued by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on the 22nd showed that as of January 10, a total of 4,041,396 people in the United States had received the first dose of the covid vaccine developed by Modena in the United States, and a total of 1,266 cases of adverse effects were reported Reaction events (adverse reaction rate is about 0.03%), including 10 allergic reactions. Previously, the center reported that as of December 23, 2020, a total of 1,893,360 people in the United States had received the first dose of Pfizer’s covid vaccine, and a total of 4,393 adverse events were reported, including 21 allergic reactions.
According to data from Johns Hopkins University, in the past month, an average of 423 people died of new coronavirus every day in California. The state has currently recorded 36,362 deaths.