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Quotes of the Day from Xinhua World News, Sept. 19

Xinhua
19 Sep 2020, 22:18 GMT+10

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. death toll from the COVID-19 pandemic is a "reflection of a failing national response," top infectious disease expert Tom Frieden has said.

"The actual number is higher because not all deaths have been identified and this is just a horrifying number," the former director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was quoted by CNN as saying Wednesday.

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BUENOS AIRES -- China's efforts to alleviate poverty have generated "unparalleled" results, making the Asian country an example in this field, Argentinean academic Santiago Bustelo said on Friday.

Bustelo said that China has achieved this result through strategies combining political leadership with a robust model of economic growth, as well as a strong capacity to adapt to different circumstances.

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UNITED NATIONS -- United Nations special envoy for Syria Geir Pedersen on Friday called for a nationwide ceasefire in the country, on the basis of relative calm situation on the ground.

"While Syria is calmer than before, worrying incidents continue that could destabilize that calm," Pedersen said at the Security Council.

"I appeal to all relevant actors to contain these violent and destabilizing incidents, build on the relative calm that exists and, as Resolution 2254 calls for, establish a nationwide ceasefire to protect civilians, maintain international peace and security, and support a political process," he said.

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WASHINGTON -- U.S. President Donald Trump said Friday that the United States would produce enough coronavirus vaccine doses for "every American" by April 2021.

The president told a White House news conference that the country will have at least 100 million doses of vaccine by the end of the year, or "likely much more than that."

"Hundreds of millions of doses will be available every month and we expect to have enough vaccines for every American by April and again I'll say even at that later stage, the delivery will go as fast as it comes," Trump said.

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