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US FDA chief declines to back Trump's 'harmless' COVID-19 claim

Xinhua | Updated: 2020-07-06 14:38

Stephen M. Hahn, commissioner of US Food and Drugs Administration, speaks during a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing on efforts to get back to work and school during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Washington D.C., June 30, 2020. [Photo/Agencies]

WASHINGTON - US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Stephen Hahn declined on Sunday to back US President Trump's claim that 99 percent of COVID-19 cases are "harmless."

When pressed by CNN's Dana Bash to respond to Trump's remarks at the White House that "99 percent of (COVID-19 cases) are totally harmless," Hahn refused to answer whether he thought Trump's remarks were true.

Instead, he said that data in the White House task force "show us this is a serious problem. People need to take it seriously."

COVID-19 infections have been surging in recent weeks in more than 30 US states including Arizona, California, Texas and Florida. According to the latest tally by Johns Hopkins University, the United States has registered almost 2.9 million cases with nearly 130,000 deaths.

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