The White House’s science policy office on Tuesday ranked
“ending the Covid-19 pandemic” atop the list of President
Donald Trump’s top first-term accomplishments, even as the
country registers record amounts of infections and hospitals fill
The list from the Office of Science and Technology Policy
credits the administration for taking “decisive actions to engage
scientists and health professionals in academia, industry, and
government to understand, treat, and defeat the disease.”
It’s the latest inaccurate claim from the administration on
the severity of the pandemic, which Trump has downplayed throughout
his reelection campaign, and as Vice President Mike Pence’s
dealing with an outbreak. Trump, who insists the country is
“rounding the turn” on the coronavirus, continues to hold packed
campaign rallies and attacks the news media for focusing on surging
Despite the White House’s optimistic rhetoric, health
officials warn that things could get worse as winter approaches and
people are forced to spend more time indoors.
Last week, the country set a new record of 83,000 cases in a
single day, and the seven-day case average is now hovering around
70,000 — more than any other time during the pandemic. Over
42,000 people are hospitalized with Covid-19, up from about 30,000
one month ago, according to the Covid Tracking Project.
The U.S. so far has recorded more than 8.7 million cases and at
least 226,000 deaths, more than any other country.