Senator Kamala Harris, suspected Democratic vice presidential candidate, speaks as former Vice President Joe Biden, suspected Democratic presidential candidate, right, listens during a campaign rally in Wilmington, Delaware on Wednesday, August 12, 2020.
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Democratic vice-presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris on Wednesday blamed President Donald Trump for the severity of the coronavirus outbreak in the United States, saying he was "delusional" and did not take the virus seriously "from the start".
"This virus has struck almost every country, but there's a reason America has hit it worse than any other advanced country. It's because Trump didn't take it seriously from the start," Harris said at a press conference along with former Vice President Joe Biden.
"His refusal to get tests to work, his flip-flop at social distance, and wearing masks. His delusional belief that he knows better than the experts. All of that is why and why an American is all 80 of Covid-19 dies seconds, "she said.
The White House did not immediately respond to requests for comment on Harris' remarks.
The U.S. has the world's worst coronavirus outbreak with more than 5 million cases and at least 165,328 deaths on Wednesday, according to Johns Hopkins University.
Trump has repeatedly accused China of causing and exacerbating the pandemic in the United States. China hid the extent of its outbreak early on. However, public health experts attribute the number of cases in the US to errors in the Trump administration. They said they had not acted quickly to contain the virus, there is still a lack of a coordinated response between the federal government and states, and they missteps testing early on.
"When other countries follow science, Trump has advanced magic bullets that he saw on Fox News," Harris said. "As other countries flattened the curve, he said the virus would just go away, citing 'like a miracle'. What did we do when other countries reopened for business? We had to close again. "
During the same conference, Biden vowed, if elected, that his government will "have a comprehensive plan to meet the challenge of Covid-19 and turn the corner of this pandemic".
"Masking, clear science-based guidance, drastically expanding testing, providing the resources states and local governments need to keep schools and businesses open safely," he said.
He asked Trump and Vice President Mike Pence to "take responsibility for the outbreak".
"With more than 5 million reported infections and 165,000 deaths and climbs as a result of Covid-19 and months later, no real leadership or plan from the President of the United States on how to get this pandemic under control. No real help to the states and Local governments are trying to fill the White House leadership vacuum, "he said.
The conference marked Biden and Harris' first joint appearance on the Democracy Ticket. On Tuesday, Biden announced Harris as his runmate, fulfilled his promise to pick a runmate, and made Harris the first black woman to ever appear on a big party ticket.
Biden's election of Harris as his vice presidential candidate will make him a powerful ally in the fight against the coronavirus if the Democratic Party wins the 2020 presidential election.
Harris has pushed for free Covid-19 tests and free masks, as well as laws aimed at eliminating healthcare differences in color communities as the virus continues to spread rapidly across the United States. The California Senator has called for a number of changes to protect Americans, including federal laws prohibiting landlords from evicting renters and monthly checks for anyone earning less than $ 120,000.