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Live updates for coronavirus: Trump falsely claims that the virus affects virtually nobody under the age of 18
September 22, 2020 at 12:19 am EDT
Trump says he, not Biden, will end the pandemic if he is elected in November
Speaking at a rally at a rally in Swanton, Ohio, on Monday night, Trump stated that the course of the coronavirus pandemic would depend on the results of the November election, arguing that he ̵
1; not Biden – was the best-prepared candidate be to protect the land.
The pandemic has killed nearly 200,000 people in the US since February, and Trump has been heavily criticized for handling the crisis.
“On November 3, Ohio will decide whether to end the pandemic and return to prosperity or we allow the sleepy Joe Biden and his group of incompetents to delay the vaccine [and] close the country, “Trump told supporters.
Biden has worked to ensure that every vaccine is fairly distributed and that its development is free from political pressure. Contrary to Trump’s claims, he did not say that the vaccine should be delayed.
The president also falsely claimed that the virus primarily affects elderly people with heart problems – contrary to what he said in a March interview with Washington Post Assistant Editor Bob Woodward.
“Now we know,” Trump said Monday night in Ohio. “It affects the elderly, the elderly with heart problems, and other problems. That’s what it’s really about. “
He added, “In some states, thousands of people – no one young. Under the age of 18 like no one. You have a strong immune system, who knows? Take your hat off to the boys because they have a damn strong immune system. But it practically does not affect anyone. It is an amazing thing. “
In a call to Woodward on March 19, Trump admitted that he had publicly downplayed the risk of the virus, saying that it affects “many young people” as well as the elderly.
“Now it turns out it’s not just old people, Bob,” Trump told Woodward. “But just today and yesterday some amazing facts came out. It’s not just old, it’s older. “
By Felicia Sonmez and Anne Gearan
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