A senior aide to President Donald Trump has conceded that the US is “not going to control the pandemic”.
Instead White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows said Covid-19 could only be defeated by “mitigation areas” like vaccines and therapeutics.
His remarks come as coronavirus cases surge in the US, nine days before the country’s presidential election.
US Vice-President Mike Pence has continued to campaign despite positive tests on his team.
Mr Pence and his wife both tested negative on Sunday, his office said.
Speaking with CNN, Mr Meadows said control of the virus was not a realistic goal because “it is a contagious virus just like the flu”.