CNN 21 Oct 2020

Covid-19 task force members contradict Trump


CNN's Brianna Keilar reports on the many coronavirus task force members stepping forward to contradict President Trump on the Covid-19 response.

Rachel Maddow shares details from White House Coronavirus Task Force documents that the "current vaccine implementation will not substantially reduce viral spread, hospitalizations, or fatalities" until late spring when immunizations have reached 100 million people. Aired on 12/9/2020.
U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence and other members of the White House COVID-19 task force received the Pifzer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine at a live public event intended to encourage Americans to get the shot.

The number of people who have died from COVID-19 in the United States has surpassed 400,000, as President Donald Trump prepares to leave the White House.
Despite Trump's much-touted vaccine programme, many Americans have yet to receive a jab and a new more infectious variant of the coronavirus is spreading like wildfire across the country.
Incoming President Joe Biden who takes office on January 20 has pledged to speed up the inoculation scheme and tighten containment measures.

Al Jazeera's Andy Gallacher reports from Miami, Florida, the US.
The number of COVID-19 cases worldwide continue to explode. And, from the Middle East to Europe and the Americas, the death rate is alarming.

About 50,000 people have lost their lives to coronavirus in Iran.

In Europe countries like Italy that were hard hit early on are again battling a coronavirus surge.

But there is some good news. This week, the United Kingdom became the first Western country to approve a vaccine.

To discuss:

Gloria Taliani, Member of the COVID-19 Task Force, Italy
Chris Smith is a clinical lecturer in virology at the University of Cambridge.
Sarbas Nazari, Freelance journalist based in Iran 
Negar Mortazavi is an Iranian-American journalist and commentator

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