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Americans are already beginning to vote on who should lead the US’s pandemic response next year. More than 10.5 million ballots have been cast ahead of the November 3 election.
The country will get another chance to hear from President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden about their plans to address the pandemic on Thursday night. The candidates are appearing at dueling town halls: ABC is airing an event with Biden in Philadelphia at 8 p.m. ET, while NBC will simultaneously air a town hall with Trump in Miami.
The electorate already knows how Trump has handled the pandemic thus far: Vaccine development is now racing ahead and the US has significantly ramped up testing since the spring, but the administration was initially painfully slow to distribute tests to states and personal protective equipment.
Trump has also been criticized for ignoring and contradicting top public-health experts. The president has suggested that masks are voluntary and pushed states to reopen quickly. His administration at one point updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to suggest that testing asymptomatic people wasn’t necessary, despite knowledge that asymptomatic individuals fuel transmission.
Biden, by contrast, emphasizes his desire to …read more
Source:: Businessinsider – Politics