US President Donald Trump says COVID-19 will go away without a Vaccine

  • The US President Donald Trump has said that COVID-19 coronavirus will go away without a vaccine and went on to warn that it could flare up next year. He said this on Friday while Speaking to Republican members of the US Congress. However, Trump didn’t offer any scientific evidence supporting his claims. The United States has stopped a vote on the UN Security Council resolution, supporting a global ceasefire during the Covid-19 pandemic. Reports say that the US mission didn’t want any reference to the World Health Organization (WHO) in the resolution. So, the French mission (overseeing the negotiation) changed the reference of WHO to “specialized health agencies” of the UN. Though the US mission agreed initially, later they backtracked by saying that the wording was still not acceptable. The rate of unemployment in the US has reached a 50-year high of 14.7% in April 2020. In April, the US economy lost an unprecedented 20.5 million jobs. With more and more US states easing restrictions, reports say that the White House is considering relief measures (such as delaying the deadline to file federal taxes) that can be adopted without the US Congress legislation. While California is allowing reopening of some manufacturing, retail, and logistics businesses, Michigan is allowing reopening of the manufacturing sector as on Monday. Till early Friday, more than 1.2 million COVID-19 infection cases and more than 76,700 deaths have been reported in the US. President of Brazil Jair Bolsonaro's spokesperson Gen. Otavio Santana do Rego Barros has been tested COVID-19 positive, just days after Bolsonaro had said that the worst part of the pandemic is over. The Brazilian Health Ministry’s report shows that Brazil’s COVID-19 coronavirus cases have shot up to 135,106, which includes 9,146 deaths. An economist at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Zhang Bin, has claimed that the unemployment number in China could be well above 80 million if the unemployment number in rural communities and a large part of the 290 million migrant workers (working in construction, manufacturing, and other low-paying vital activities) are considered. Beijing's data doesn’t include these figures in their employment data.