Mark Meadows, White House chief of staff, said the United States is “not going to control” the COVID-19 pandemic, Huffington Post reported.
He told CNN’s Jake Tapper, “We are going to control the fact that we get vaccines, therapeutics and other mitigation areas ―”
When asked why, Meadows retorted that “it’s a contagious virus. Just like the flu.”
Tapper pressed Meadows to explain further, asking why the administration won’t be controlling the spread of the virus.
Meadows answered that the focus is on mitigation factors. “What we need to do is make sure that we have the proper mitigation factors whether it’s therapies or vaccines or treatments to make sure that people don’t die from this,”
The interview with Meadows is considered as a turnaround from the White House’s previous position regarding the pandemic. Trump keeps on repeating that the virus is “under control” even as the number of new cases and the number of deaths continues to increase.
In recent weeks, Trump and dozens of White House staffers have tested positive for the coronavirus. In addition, Vice President Pence’s people, including his chief of staff have also been infected. Nevertheless, Pence will continue campaigning across the country.