Mark Meadows, the White House Chief of Staff, has admitted that the Trump administration will not be controlling the pandemic.
More than 220,000 people have died from the virus in the US alone.
"We're not going to control the pandemic," Meadows told CNN "We are going to control the fact that we get vaccines, therapeutics, and other mitigations. What we need to do is make sure that we have the proper mitigation factors, whether it's therapies or vaccines or treatments to make sure that people don't die from this."
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden released a statement following the remarks:
"This wasn't a slip by Meadows, it was a candid acknowledgement of what President Trump's strategy has clearly been from the beginning of this crisis: to wave the white flag of defeat and hope that by ignoring it, the virus would simply go away. It hasn't, and it won't," he said.