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COVID-19 vaccine latest flashpoint in White House campaign

COVID-19 vaccine latest flashpoint in White House campaign

Technology
WASHINGTON -- The prospect of a vaccine to shield Americans from coronavirus infection emerged as a point of contention in the White House race as President Donald Trump accused Democrats of “disparaging” for political gain a vaccine he repeatedly has said could be available before the election.“It's so dangerous for our country, what they say, but the vaccine will be very safe and very effective,” the president pledged Monday at a White House news conference.Trump leveled the accusation a day after Sen. Kamala Harris, the Democrats' vice presidential candidate, said she “would not trust his word” on getting the vaccine. “I would trust the word of public health experts and scientists, but not Donald Trump,” Harris said.Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden amplified Harris' comments
Black, White COVID-19 patients with access to care die at similar rates, study shows

Black, White COVID-19 patients with access to care die at similar rates, study shows

Health
Aug. 18 (UPI) -- White Americans hospitalized with COVID-19 are just as likely to die from the disease as Black Americans, according to a study published Tuesday by JAMA Network Open. Just over 23% of White patients with COVID-19 being treated in the hospital ultimately died after getting infected, compared to 19% of Black patients, the data showed. Advertisement Researchers have previously found that Black and Hispanic Americans are hospitalized for the new coronavirus at a rate up to three times their share of the general population, but with access to care the death rates appear to even out. "These findings suggest that while Black U.S. residents might be at higher risk of contracting COVID-19 and represent a disproportionate share of COVID-19 deaths, mortality for those able to access...
Trump escorted from news briefing after shooting outside White House

Trump escorted from news briefing after shooting outside White House

World
Donald Trump has been escorted out of a press briefing by a Secret Service agent after a shooting outside the White House.The US president was just minutes into a statement to the media when he was rushed out of the room.He later returned and announced there had been a shooting outside the White House grounds and that the suspect had been shot by officers."It seems to be very well under control... But there was an actual shooting, and somebody has been taken to the hospital. I don't know the condition of the person." Image: The president was speaking at the White House before an agent approached him ...
Trump retweets video featuring supporter shouting ‘white power’

Trump retweets video featuring supporter shouting ‘white power’

Technology
President Trump has retweeted a video featuring a supporter shouting "white power" at other demonstrators in Florida.The footage shows a man in a golf cart that includes "Trump 2020" and "America First" signs responding to protesters who were also shouting and carrying placards expressing their opposition to the president. According to the person who originally posted the video, it was recorded in a retirement community known as The Villages where the residents were apparently "protesting against each other" - the Trump supporters apparently in a parade of golf carts and the others standing beside this parade. Image: The president's tweet was later deleted "White power" is a white supremacist political slogan designed to mimic the "bl...
White House memo calls for study of improved Arctic icebreakers

White House memo calls for study of improved Arctic icebreakers

Business
June 10 (UPI) -- A White House memorandum on polar security has the U.S. Coast Guard considering the addition of armed, nuclear-powered icebreakers to its aging fleet. President Donald Trump, in a memo on Tuesday, called for "a ready, capable and available fleet of polar security icebreakers that is operationally tested and fully deployable by Fiscal Year 2029." Advertisement The United States has only two operational heavy icebreakers in use, the 44-year old Polar Star and the 24-year old Healy. Each is prone to breakdowns, officials have said. The memo comes as global warning has positioned the Arctic region as a possible shipping route, as well as a source of available mineral resources, and calls for evaluation of a "defensive armament adequate to defend against near-peer competitors ...