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8.03pm BST20:03

Fauci: Life will not go back to normal until ‘well into 2021’

During his MSNBC interview this morning, Dr Anthony Fauci said it will likely take another year before life returns to a sense of “normality,” even if a coronavirus vaccine is approved in the coming months.

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Dr. Fauci discusses distributing the coronavirus vaccine to the public and returning to « normality »:

« If you’re talking about getting back to a degree of normality, which resembles where we were prior to COVID, it’s gonna be well into 2021. Maybe even towards the end of 2021. » pic.twitter.com/FHhdWhSsFb

September 11, 2020

Fauci, the government’s top infectious disease specialist, echoed previous comments that he was cautiously optimistic a vaccine would be developed by the end of the year or early next year.

“But by the time you mobilize the distribution of the vaccine and get a majority or more of the population vaccinated and protected, that’s likely not going to happen until the end of 2021,” Fauci said.

“If you’re talking about getting back to a degree of normality prior to Covid, it’s going to be well into 2021, towards the end of 2021.”

Fauci, who serves as the director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases, also expressed concern that the country’s rate of new coronavirus cases has plateaued at the alarmingly high level of 40,000 per day.

7.46pm BST19:46

After laying a wreath at a memorial site for the victims of Flight 93, Joe Biden visited a volunteer fire station in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, to deliver beer and pastries.

The Democratic nominee said he had previously promised to deliver beer to one of the firefighters there.

“I keep my promises!” Biden said as a he offered the man a six-pack of Bud Light and a six-pack of local beer.

Christopher Cadelago
(@ccadelago)

Stopping off at a volunteer fire station in Shanksville, Joe Biden is getting literal w/ the age-old campaign question, “Who would you gather have a beer with?” pic.twitter.com/l5EahlBRns

September 11, 2020

7.29pm BST19:29

Harris evokes unity in 9/11 remarks

Democratic vice-presidential nominee Kamala Harris, for her part, went to a 9/11 commemoration event in Fairfax, Virginia, earlier today.

She stood for a moment’s silence, alongside Virginia Senator Mark Warner, and her husband, Doug Emhoff, with all wearing face masks to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Harris delivered a tribute to victims of the September 11, 2001, attacks and the first responders who came to their aid, at the World Trade Center site in New York, the Pentagon, near Washington, DC, and in a field in Pennsylvania where passengers forced their hijackers to crash the plane en route to the capital.

Kamala Harris
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Each 9/11, we remember the unbreakable spirit of the American people. We remember the brave first responders and the Americans who lost their lives during those horrific attacks. Even during our darkest moments, we came together to show that hope and love trump fear and division. pic.twitter.com/OuCDKzxIHq

September 11, 2020

“Let us also remember that honoring them is also about reminding us of who we are as Americans,” Harris said. “Because in times of tragedy, in times of despair, in times of suffering and pain, we, by our very nature as who we are, stand together. We stand together.”

Beatrice-Elizabeth Peterson
(@MissBeaE)

Sen. @KamalaHarris has arrived at the Fairfax county Public Safety HQ. for the Fairfax County Public Safety memorial 9/11 memorial service. https://t.co/mgcvuQyCEF pic.twitter.com/glrsB93I5I

September 11, 2020

Remembering those who died in the attack, she said: “We remember that they were more than victims of an unspeakable act. They were also parents and sons and daughter and neighbors and friends. And we know that they will never be defined by the story of those who stole them away. No, they will be defined by their humanity, but their stories, but their laughter that still echoes in the homes and hearts of those who love them.”

Vice Presidential Nominee Kamala Harris Attends 9/11 Commemoration In Virginia.

Vice Presidential Nominee Kamala Harris Attends 9/11 Commemoration In Virginia. Photograph: Alex Wong/.

7.20pm BST19:20

Milley defends protest, free press in America

While Donald Trump and Joe Biden studiously kept their public words an interactions largely apolitical today at the 9/11 events they attended, the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff was less neutral.

Mark Milley was at the Pentagon this morning to commemorate the loss of life when one of the four passenger jets hijacked that day in 2001 was deliberately crashed into that building, on the outskirts of Washington, DC, killing 125 people inside and all passengers and crew on the plane.

It was a rare appearance and speech for army general Milley since he apologized for being part of the Donald Trump’s photo op in Washington’s Lafayette Square when peaceful civil rights demonstrators were cleared by force in the summer.

Milley spoke in defense of the free press when listing examples of what he cited as values that the US armed forces went to war for after the 9/11 attacks by al-Qaida.

“The idea of a free press, free speech, due process … the right to peacefully assemble, and demonstrate and protest,” he said.

He added that all Americans are created free and equal and should succeed based on their merit, regardless of their backgrounds.

“Those ideas were and still are hated by our enemies – by fascists, Nazis, communists, al-Qaida, Isis, authoritarians, dictators and tyrants of all kinds. They hate those ideas. They hate those values,” he said.

US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley gives remarks during the 19th annual September 11 observance ceremony at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, earlier today.

US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley gives remarks during the 19th annual September 11 observance ceremony at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, earlier today. Photograph: Erin Scott/.

6.49pm BST18:49

Today so far

Here’s where the day stands so far:

Trump and Biden attended ceremonies to commemorate the 19th anniversary of the September 11 attacks. Both of the presidential nominees traveled to Shanksville, Pennsylvania, to honor the 40 passengers who died aboard Flight 93. “Our sacred task, our righteous duty, and our solemn pledge, is to carry forward the noble legacy of the brave souls who gave their lives for us 19 years ago,” Trump said in a speech.
Bahrain is joining the United Arab Emirates in normalizing relations with Israel, Trump announced. Bahrain is expected to join the UAE and Israel for a normalization signing ceremony at the White House next week.
Dr Anthony Fauci disputed Trump’s claim that the US is “rounding the final turn” of its coronavirus crisis. Fauci, the government’s top infectious disease specialist, told MSNBC, “I have to disagree with that.” Fauci pointed to statistics indicating the country’s new coronavirus cases have plateaued at the alarmingly high rate of 40,000 per day.

The blog will have more coming up, so stay tuned.

6.40pm BST18:40

Meanwhile, Joe Biden has arrived at the 9/11 memorial site in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, to honor the victims who died aboard Flight 93.

Jennifer Epstein
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The Bidens meet with victims families at the Flight 93 memorial in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. pic.twitter.com/VZx4soWp7R

September 11, 2020

The Democratic nominee and his wife, Jill Biden, spoke to victims’ families in Shanksville after attending a commemoration ceremony in New York earlier today.

Trump delivered remarks in Shanksville at a ceremony this morning, marking a rare instance where both of the major parties’ presidential nominees were in the same city on the same day.

6.23pm BST18:23

Trump called reporters in to the Oval Office to celebrate the announcement that Bahrain would also be normalizing relations with Israel.

“This is a truly historic day,” the US president said. “So interesting that it’s on 9/11.”

Trump also boasted, “When I took office, the Middle East was in a state of absolute chaos.”

The president added, “The sand was loaded up with blood, and now we’re going to see a lot of that sand is loaded up with peace.”

6.10pm BST18:10

Trump confirms Bahrain is normalizing ties with Israel

Trump has confirmed that Bahrain is joining the United Arab Emirates in normalizing relations with Israel.

The president announced Bahrain would join the UAE and Israel for a normalization signing ceremony at the White House next week.

Donald J. Trump
(@realDonaldTrump)

Joint Statement of the United States, the Kingdom of Bahrain, and the State of Israel pic.twitter.com/xMquRkGtpM

September 11, 2020

The announcement comes a month after Israel and the UAE agreed to establish full diplomatic ties as part of a Washington-brokered deal.

5.50pm BST17:50

Trump has returned to Washington after attending a September 11 commemoration ceremony in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

The president took no questions from reporters as he and and the first lady made their way to the White House.

Mark Knoller
(@markknoller)

Pres & Mrs Trump return to the WH from 9/11 ceremonies in Shanksville, PA. Pres takes no press questions. pic.twitter.com/6duuiQhevi

September 11, 2020

5.24pm BST17:24

Fauci disputes Trump’s claim that we are ’rounding the final turn’ of coronavirus

Dr Anthony Fauci, the government’s top infectious disease specialist, said he did not agree with Trump’s assessment that the US is “rounding the final turn” of its coronavirus crisis.

“I have to disagree with that,” Fauci told MSNBC anchor Andrea Mitchell.

Andrea Mitchell
(@mitchellreports)

Are we rounding the final turn on the virus, as the president says? Dr. Fauci: « I have to disagree with that, because if you look at … the statistics they are disturbing. We’re plateauing at around 40,000 cases a day. And the deaths are around a thousand. » #AMRstaff

September 11, 2020

Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, cited statistics showing new cases in the US have plateaued around 40,000 per day.

Coronavirus deaths also remain alarmingly high. According to Johns Hopkins University, another 907 Americans died of coronavirus yesterday.

Despite those numbers, Trump said during his press conference yesterday, “We’re rounding the final turn, and a lot of good things are happening with vaccines and with therapeutics.”

5.00pm BST17:00

Trump expected to announce Bahrain is normalizing ties with Israel – report

Trump is reportedly expected to announce today that Bahrain is joining the United Arab Emirates in normalizing relations with Israel.

The Times of Israel reports:

According to [two] officials, Trump will make the announcement at the White House at 1 p.m. Eastern time. It was not immediately clear whether Bahrain will join the formal signing of the so-called UAE-Israel Abraham Accord at the White House on September 15, or simply issue a statement about its intention to establish relations with Israel.

According to another report, Bahraini Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa will arrive in Washington on Monday.

Trump suggested yesterday that another country may join Israel and the UAE for the two nations’ normalization signing ceremony at the White House.

“Next week at the White House we’ll be having a signing between the UAE and Israel, and we could have another country added into that,” the president said during his press conference yesterday. “And I will tell you that countries are lining up that want to go into it.”

4.44pm BST16:44

Some of Trump’s supporters who attended his Michigan event last night said they believed coronavirus was “fake.”

CNN reporter Jim Acosta asked multiple attendees why they were not wearing masks at the large event in Freeland, Michigan.

“Because there’s no Covid,” one attendee said. “It’s a fake pandemic, created to destroy the United States of America,.”

Donie O’Sullivan
(@donie)

Jim @Acosta asks folks at a Trump event why aren’t they wearing masks… pic.twitter.com/SaShh0HjpB

September 11, 2020

Acosta noted the president told Bob Woodward in February that coronavirus is “deadly.” The man replied, “That’s his opinion.”

Another attendee was asked by Acosta if he was worried about his safety, being at a large event without a mask on. “The good Lord takes care of me,” the man said. “If I die, I die.”

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