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Vaccine is imminent, but virus fight has long way to go: Fauci

By Adam Carey and Liam Mannix

America's top infectious disease expert predicts the world will have a coronavirus vaccine "in the next few months", but says people are unlikely to be able to go about their normal lives until at least the end of next year.

"I think it will be easily by the end of 2021 and perhaps into the next year before we start having some semblance of normality," Dr Anthony Fauci told a Melbourne audience on Wednesday.

Dr Anthony Fauci speaking at a University of Melbourne webinar on the global response to COVID-19.

Dr Anthony Fauci speaking at a University of Melbourne webinar on the global response to COVID-19.

"If normal means you can get people in a theatre without worrying about what we call congregate-setting super infections, if we can get restaurants to open almost at full capacity ..."

But the director of the United States' National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said stubborn anti-vaxxer beliefs, political division and the self-interested meddling of politicians would all make the job of immunising the world against COVID-19 tougher.

Speaking from his US home as part of a University of Melbourne webinar, Dr Fauci – recently called an idiot by President Donald Trump – said scientists must never be afraid to tell politicians what they don't want to hear.

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Biden votes 'by appointment' in Delaware

US presidential candidate Joe Biden and his wife Jill have voted early by appointment in their home state of Delaware today.


Watch: US President Donald Trump speaking in Arizona

Identity revealed of insider who wrote anonymous NYT criticism of Trump

By Roy Ward

Former Chief of Staff for the Department of Homeland Security Miles Taylor has revealed he was the anonymous writer of a widely-read opinion piece from 2018 about those within the White House who were opposing US President Donald Trump.

At the time President Trump suggested it could be treason when he tweeted about the story.

In a post on Medium, Mr Taylor has identified himself, he has since become a book writer and CNN contributor among other roles.

It has quickly been pointed out that Mr Taylor would have played a role in executing the policy separating newly arrived immigrant parents from their children, a policy which has seen hundreds of children and parents still unable to find each other.

Mr Taylor wrote today:

"More than two years ago, I published an anonymous opinion piece in The New York Times about Donald Trump’s perilous presidency, while I was serving under him. He responded with a short but telling tweet: “TREASON?”

Trump sees personal criticism as subversive.

I take a different view. As Theodore Roosevelt wrote, “To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public. Nothing but the truth should be spoken about him or anyone else. But it is even more important to tell the truth, pleasant or unpleasant, about him than about anyone else.”

We do not owe the President our silence. We owe him and the American people the truth.

Make no mistake: I am a Republican, and I wanted this President to succeed. That’s why I came into the Administration with John Kelly, and it’s why I stayed on as Chief of Staff at the Department of Homeland Security. But too often in times of crisis, I saw Donald Trump prove he is a man without character, and his personal defects have resulted in leadership failures so significant that they can be measured in lost American lives. I witnessed Trump’s inability to do his job over the course of two-and-a-half years. Everyone saw it, though most were hesitant to speak up for fear of reprisals."

FBI agents call for Director Wray to be protected as Trump attacks him

By Chris Strohm

Washington: US national security may be jeopardised if FBI Director Christopher Wray is abruptly removed after the presidential election, an association representing more than 14,000 current and retired special agents wrote in letters to President Donald Trump and his Democratic opponent Joe Biden.

Wray should be allowed to finish his 10-year term, which will expire in 2027, the FBI Agents Association wrote in the letters sent on Wednesday.

FBI Director Christopher Wray - under pressure from Donald Trump.

FBI Director Christopher Wray - under pressure from Donald Trump.Credit:AP

"This country needs stability in leadership of the Bureau during these challenging times, and creating upheavals at the Bureau after the elections can only undermine the goal of protecting the safety and security of our country," the association said.

Trump, who picked Wray after firing FBI Director James Comey in 2017, has repeatedly refused to rule out firing him too.


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Trump supporters stuck in the cold for hours when buses can't reach Omaha rally

By Tim Elfrink and Brittany Shammas

By the time US President Donald Trump finished speaking to thousands of supporters at Omaha's Eppley Airfield on Tuesday night and jetted away on Air Force One, the temperature had plunged to nearly freezing.

But as long lines of MAGA-clad attendees queued up for buses to take them to distant parking lots, it quickly became clear that something was wrong.

Buses couldn't navigate the jammed airport roads to clear Trump's supporters who turned out for his rally in Omaha.

Buses couldn't navigate the jammed airport roads to clear Trump's supporters who turned out for his rally in Omaha.Credit:AP

The buses, the huge crowd soon learned, couldn't navigate the jammed airport roads. For hours, attendees – including many elderly Trump supporters – stood in the withering cold, as police scrambled to help the most at-risk get to warmth.

Thirty people needed medical attention over the course of the rally, Omaha police spokesman Michael Pecha said on Wednesday. Seven were taken to local hospitals "with a variety of medical conditions." It was not immediately clear how many of those those were related to the wait outside the venue.

The Trump campaign said it had provided enough buses but that traffic on the two-lane road outside the airport was throttled to one direction after the rally, tweeted Aaron Sanderford, a political reporter at the Omaha World-Herald.

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Biden leads Trump narrowly in Michigan, significantly in Wisconsin in Wapo/ABC polls

By Scott Clement, Dan Balz and Emily Guskin

WASHINGTON: Former vice president Joe Biden continues to outpace President Donald Trump in two crucial Midwest battlegrounds, currently holding a slight lead over the president in Michigan while showing a much more substantial advantage in Wisconsin, according to a pair of Washington Post-ABC News polls.

The surveys show Biden narrowly ahead of Trump among likely voters in Michigan by 51 per cent to 44 per cent, with Libertarian Party nominee Jo Jorgensen at 3 per cent. In Wisconsin, likely voters favor Biden by 57 per cent to 40per cent, with Jorgensen at 2per cent. Among registered voters, Biden's edge in Michigan is five points, while he leads by 17 points in Wisconsin.

Biden's margins in both states are driven by overwhelming support among female likely voters. He leads Trump by 24 points among those women in Michigan and by 30 points in Wisconsin. Biden trails Trump among Michigan men by double digits, and the two are running about even among men in Wisconsin.

The findings suggest concerns about the coronavirus are weighing heavily on Trump's candidacy, particularly in Wisconsin, which has seen case counts climb to record levels in recent weeks. When it comes to handling the pandemic, Biden is trusted more than Trump by double digits in both states, and large majorities support their state's rules on masks and restrictions on businesses and public gatherings.

In the contested Michigan Senate race, Democratic Sen. Gary Peters has a small edge over Republican challenger John James, by 52 per cent to 46 per cent among likely voters and by 49 per cent to 45 per cent among registered voters.

Along with Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan are among a trio of states seen as vitally important to both the president and the former vice president in their efforts to assemble the 270 electoral votes needed for victory. Trump carried all three in 2016, shocking Democrats who had long enjoyed victories there, but by less than one percentage point each and a collective margin of fewer than 78,000 votes. Biden has held a steady lead in the polls in all three since summer.

The Wisconsin findings are significantly more bullish for Biden than some other public polls, which generally show him ahead by single digits, although two October surveys gave the former vice president a lead in the low double-digits. A month ago, a Post-ABC poll showed Biden with a lead of six points among likely voters in the state.

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Good morning all!

By Roy Ward

G'day everyone! It's Roy Ward and I'll be making my debut on our US Election 2020 live blog today, some of you may have come across me during our COVID-19 live blogs where I have made a few appearances.

We have plenty of coverage to come to you today as the two presidential candidates have been chasing undecided votes in the key state of Michigan.

Thanks for joining us today and don't hesitate to leave a comment on the blog to let us know your thoughts.

Enjoy the day to come.

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