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Trump confirms a White House staff member tested positive for coronavirus

September 16, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference at the White House, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020, in Washington, as White House coronavirus adviser Dr. Scott Atlas and White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany listen. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

President Trump confirmed an earlier report that a White House staff member has tested positive for coronavirus.

President Trump confirmed an earlier report that a White House staff member has tested positive for coronavirus.

President Trump told reporters that he believes Dr, Robert Redfield, director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, was “confused” when he said a Covid-19 vaccine wouldn’t be widely available in the US until the third quarter or second quarter of 2021.

It’s just incorrect information,” Trump said when asked about Redfield’s comments to the Senate earlier today.

Trump also said the release of a coronavirus vaccine could happen by mid-October which is quicker than the vaccine distribution materials released today by the CDC outlined.

Trump said distribution of a vaccine will begin as soon as a vaccine is approved, which he said could be “sometime in October. ”

It may be a little later than that,” Trump said at a news conference at the White House on Wednesday.

Later in his briefing, Trump said a vaccine could be announced “fairly soon, regardless this month, next month, in a level of time nobody thought was possible. ”

As the United States approaches 200,000 coronavirus deaths, Dr. Tom Frieden, a former US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director, said Wednesday that the number of reported deaths are a "reflection of a failing national response. "

The former CDC director said he's concerned that Americans will get "hardened" to the number of coronavirus deaths.

“There has been more than enough public discussion of challenges about the validity of the information coming from those areas, that then often will translate into the public's trust of even state and local health departments and the compliance with contact tracers,” Osterholm said.

Those continue today even among the lowest risk youth sports,” Pritzker said.

He said the Illinois Department of Public Health will continue to monitor the positivity over the next few says and that if the trend holds for three days, “we will remove the resurgence mitigations and return the entire region to phase four of the Restore Illinois Plan. ” 

He said one of those factors may be “the rate of expression of ACE2 receptors. ”  These are molecular doorways into cells that the novel coronavirus appears to favor.

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