Coronavirus News Update for Sept. 17 – Trump Contradicts CDC Chief’s Testimony on Vaccine Availability

Europe Faces ‘Serious’ Resurgence

By Anna Breuer on 17 September 2020
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The Lindau Lighthouse, the southernmost lighthouse in Germany, on Lake Constance.

Just as the number of coronavirus cases worldwide rolled past the 30 million mark, Dr. Robert R. Redfield, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, testified in front of a Senate committee that an approved vaccine for the coronavirus would not be widely available until the middle of 2021.  In response, President Donald Trump attempted to correct Dr. Redfield’s statement and said he had “made a mistake” and that a vaccine would be available “to the general public immediately.”

The CEO of the world’s largest manufacturer of vaccines issued a warning that there will not be sufficient vaccines for Covid-19 for everyone in the world to be inoculated until the end of 2024, at the earliest. “It’s going to take four to five years until everyone gets the vaccine on this planet,” said Adar Poonawalla, CEO of the Serum Institute of India, in an interview with the Financial Times.

The regional head of the World Health Organization warned of a possible and very serious coronavirus resurgence in Europe.  “We have a very serious situation unfolding before us,” said Hans Kluge, the regional director. “Weekly cases have now exceeded those reported when the pandemic first peaked in Europe in March.”

Finally, Air Canada said it would include complimentary coronavirus insurance that covers medical issues and quarantine costs for customers booking round-trip international flights.  The Canadian flag carrier will include this on new bookings from September 17 through October 31, 2020.  The bookings must be made in Canada.

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