White House rejects UN chief’s claim that US-China relationship is ‘dysfunctional’ – live

Press secretary Jen Psaki said ahead of the plenary meeting: ‘Our relationship with China is not conflict but competition’

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21.43pm BST

Hello to everyone – Sam Levin He took over our live broadcast for the rest of the day in Los Angeles.

Covid has now killed as many U.S. residents – about 675,000 people – as the 1918-19 Spanish flu did. More from AP:

A century ago, the U.S. population was only one-third what it is today, meaning the flu cut through a much larger, more deadly area across the country. However, the COVID-19 crisis in itself is a colossal tragedy, especially given the incredible advances in scientific knowledge since then and the failure to achieve maximum benefit from available vaccines this time.

“Large sections of American society – and worse yet, their leaders – have thrown it away,” said Dr Howard Markel, a medical historian at the University of Michigan, of the opportunity to vaccinate anyone fit so far.

COVID-19 has now killed as many Americans as the 1918-19 Spanish flu pandemic did – about 675,000. 1918-19 flu numbers are rough estimates. The population of the United States at that time was about a third of what it is today. https://t.co/07AY1140fQ

9.29pm BST

Biden traveled to New York to attend the UN General Assembly. pic.twitter.com/Fn0BdGP2dx

Joe Biden will make his first speech United Nations As president, Julian Borger, our world affairs editor, wants to “close the chapter on 20 years of war” and usher in an era of intense diplomacy.

Relating to: Biden’s UN speech is an opportunity to show ‘America is back’

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