U.S. under COVID-19 siege with an American dying every 35 seconds – opinion

The most incompetent American, President Donald John Trump, 74 years old, is missing in action, at a time when the country is under COVID-19 siege.

An American now dies of COVID-19 every 35 seconds. In the past 48 hours, Tuesday and Wednesday alone, more than 5300 Americans have been killed by the deadly respiratory disease.

Only today, more than 2700 Americans have died. Yesterday, Tuesday, more than 2600 Americans died of COVID-19. More than 100,000 Americans are currently hospitalized, nearly 20,000 of them are in intensive care units, and about 7,000 are on ventilator.

This is not fiction, this is reality. This is, sadly, happening. The head of the CDC says between now and February, about 200, 000 more Americans are likely to be killed.

This is happening as the President spends time playing golf, whining over an election defeat and spreading baseless election fraud allegations.

On Wednesday, he released another video message with wild conspiracy theories that have been debunked by election officials and dismissed by all the judges, Republicans and Democrats.

There are two vaccines, one from Pfizer, the other from Moderna, both drugmakers have already applied for an emergency use authorization from the Food and Drug Administration. But the FDA would meet on December 10 to review the Pfizer’s application and a week later for Moderna.

The CDC has also recommended that the first vaccine doses should go to healthcare workers, nursing homes and long-term care facilities. It will take several months before the general public can be vaccinated.

At a time the country is bleeding, the President has shown no interest in passing a COVID-19 relief bill that can strengthen hospitals, schools, small businesses and the unemployed.

There can only be on President at a time. Joe Biden will only be sworn into office in 49 days, at noon on January 20, 2021. For now, Americans are on their own.

Chief White House Correspondent for

Simon Ateba is Chief White House Correspondent for Today News Africa. Simon covers President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, the U.S. government, the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions in Washington D.C. and New York City.

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