Minggu, 06 Desember 2020

US election latest updates: US President's lawyer Rudy Giuliani tests positive to coronavirus, Donald Trump confirms in Twitter post - ABC News

Donald Trump says his lawyer and former mayor of New York, Rudy Giuliani, has tested positive to coronavirus.

Mr Giuliani has travelled extensively to battleground states in recent weeks, with his son Andrew also recently testing positive.

Meanwhile, the chief adviser to the US Government's Operation Warp Speed initiative, tasked with the production and rollout of a COVID-19 vaccine, says he plans to meet with president-elect Joe Biden this week.

This story will be updated throughout Monday.

Giuliani tests positive for COVID: Trump

Former New York mayor and Donald Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani has tested positive for coronavirus, Mr Trump has confirmed in a tweet.

The US President took to social media on Sunday afternoon (local time) to wish Mr Giuliani the best.

"@RudyGiuliani, by far the greatest mayor in the history of NYC, and who has been working tirelessly exposing the most corrupt election (by far!) in the history of the USA, has tested positive for the China Virus," Mr Trump said.

"Get better soon Rudy, we will carry on!!!"


The President's use of the term "China virus" has drawn significant backlash throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

More than 14 million COVID-19 cases have now been recorded in the US, with over 280,000 deaths.

Mr Giuliani's son, Andrew Giuliani, also tested positive for COVID-19 last week.

Operation Warp Speed boss 'confident' in vaccine plans

The US Government's Operation Warp Speed chief advisor Moncef Slaoui says he's looking forward to meeting president-elect Joe Biden this week to discuss plans to distribute a coronavirus vaccine.

Mr Slaoui told CBS program Face the Nation that "the plans are there".

"I feel confident that once we will explain it, everything in detail, I hope the new transition team will understand that things are well planned," he said in the interview.

Asked on Sunday when Americans would start seeing the impact of the vaccine, Mr Slaoui told CBS that might happen for the most susceptible people in January or February.

"But on a population basis, for our life to start getting back to normal, we're talking about April or May," he said.

Mr Biden said last week that his team had not yet seen a detailed outline from the Trump administration to distribute a vaccine to various states.

Mr Trump still has not formally conceded defeat to president-elect Joe Biden, and continues to assert widespread fraud repeatedly and without evidence.

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2020-12-06 20:39:00Z

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