FDA Commissioner refuses to defend Trump’s claim that 99% of coronavirus cases are “harmless”

The US Food and Drug Administration Commissioner on Sunday refused to defend President Donald Trump’s unsubstantiated claim that 99% of coronavirus cases are “completely harmless.”

“I’m not going to go into who is right and who is not. I fully support the CDC and the information they publish in connection with this pandemic, ”said Dr. Stephen Khan, a member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, in an interview with Dana Bash on CNN.

During his speech on Saturday at the White House Independence Day, Trump said without any evidence that 99% of coronavirus cases are “completely harmless.” The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 35% of cases are asymptomatic, but even people with mild or absent symptoms can transmit the virus to others.

Although the World Health Organization stated that the global mortality rate is likely to be less than 1%, WHO also stated that about 20% of all people diagnosed with coronavirus are sick enough to need oxygen or medical attention.

Khan said the coronavirus pandemic is a rapidly evolving situation, but emphasized that the United States must take it seriously.