President Donald Trump speaks in a video posted on Twitter on December 31, 2020.
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Washington — In the last few days of 2020, the United States has seen a surge in coronavirus deaths, a surge in cases, hospitals are tight, and the launch of much-needed vaccines has failed to meet expectations.
During the pandemic, December is the deadliest month in the United States. However, President Donald Trump reluctantly released news about the Covid-1
Instead, the president spent a month obsessed with unfounded claims about stolen elections, delayed relief legislation before signing the relief bill, weighed cable news broadcasts, and attacked his party members.
And, on Thursday, the last day of the season, Trump posted a video on Twitter in which he brags about his administration’s response to the pandemic.
During December, even if the vaccine became popular, the country was caught in the toughest battle against Covid-19. According to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University, the country has reported more than 6.1 million new infections and more than 74,140 deaths.
The latest data made December the deadliest month of the Covid-19 pandemic in the United States, surpassing April, when 60,738 Americans died of the coronavirus.
Since the outbreak of the coronavirus, at least 342,414 Americans have died from the disease. Trump has repeatedly reiterated that it will disappear on 40 different occasions.
In the audio recording released on Thursday, Trump attributed the greatest credit to the unprecedented speed of vaccine development, calling this feat a “medical miracle.”
“With “quick action”, we have developed a vaccine in just 9 months. We have started a national vaccination plan and are distributing the vaccine to the world. The world will benefit from it, we will benefit, and everyone appeals. Thank me,” the president said.
Trump also took a moment to praise his economic work, saying that his government “built the greatest economy in the history of the world.”
Trump said: “The numbers we are doing are now unprecedented, including having the highest stock market in the history of the world.” He added, “The best is yet to come.”
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Tweets and golf
Trump spent the past week at a private club in Palm Beach, Florida, and returned to the White House on Thursday, when members of Congress debated legislation to increase Covid relief to $2,000 in the event of historic unemployment and business closures .
Although the Republican leader of the Senate, Mitch McConnell (Mitch McConnell), refused to vote independently on a bill offering higher payments, the president himself still asked for an increase in payments after the bipartisan support of the House of Representatives passed.
In Palm Beach, Trump played golf on a for-profit golf course for a few days and tweeted 110 tweets. These tweets focused on false accusations against the presidential election and the upcoming Senate vote in Georgia.
Trump, despite the failed legal challenge, has not recognized the election of Democrat Biden, who will be established on January 20. President Bush also took to Twitter to win support for the coming backlash in Georgia.
President Donald Trump plays golf at Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Virginia on November 21, 2020.
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As the governors of Colorado and California confirmed the emergence of a new, potentially more contagious strain of Covid-19, the president refused to deal with other aspects of the spreading public health disaster.
Hospital struggles and vaccines fall
Officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said earlier Wednesday that the new strain may add pressure to the country’s hospitals, which have been overwhelmed by Covid-19 patients.
According to data released by the Ministry of Health and Human Services, hospitals in densely populated coastal areas have insufficient intensive care units and standard beds to accommodate a large number of patients.
Medical staff prepare to perform a percutaneous tracheotomy on patients in the COVID-19 Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at the United Memorial Medical Center in Houston, Texas on November 26, 2020 during Thanksgiving.
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Earlier this month, the United States began to introduce vaccines to combat the disease. But health officials warned that the vaccine will not immediately relieve the country from the epidemic.
US health officials have previously stated that their goal is to vaccinate at least 20 million Americans with the first dose by the end of this year. This will be far from reaching that goal.
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As of Monday morning, more than 11.4 million doses of Pfizer and Moderna’s two vaccines have been distributed nationwide. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 2.1 million of them were injected into humans.
Trump has been criticized for failing to achieve his vaccination goals, blamed on the chaotic spread of vaccines across states.
The president said on Twitter: “The federal government has distributed the vaccine to the states.” “Now it’s up to the states to manage. Let’s start!”
CNBC’s Kevin Breuninger, Will Feuer and Noah Higgins Dunn contributed to this report.