Trump denies downplaying seriousness of COVID-19

US President Donald Trump has denied downplaying the seriousness of COVID-19, despite admitting in a recorded interview to having done that.
The claim contradicts comments Mr. Trump made to journalist Bob Woodward earlier this year, when he said he minimised the virus's severity to avoid panic.
Mr. Trump also repeated Tuesday that a vaccine could be ready within weeks despite skepticism from health experts.
No vaccine has yet completed clinical trials, leading some scientists to fear politics rather than health and safety is driving the push for a vaccine before the November 3 presidential election.

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