VOA 2分ニュース スクリプト 20/08/24
This is VOA news via remote. I'm Marissa Melton.
The US Republican National Convention got underway today with party stalwarts re-nominating President Donald Trump for a second term in the White House. President Trump himself is expected to speak all four days of the convention.
Last week, Democrats, wary of gathering in large numbers because of the coronavirus pandemic, nominated former Vice President Joe Biden as their presidential candidate at a virtual convention, a series of speeches and videos aired online in real time.
The Republicans are planning a different scenario: meeting Monday in the Mid-South city of Charlotte, North Carolina, where they formally nominated Mr. Trump to be the Republican presidential candidate, and Mr. Trump spoke to them in person. He told the delegates today, "This is the most important election in the history of our country." As the convention got underway Monday, former Arizona Senator Jeff Flake and more than two other, two dozen other former Republican members of Congress endorsed the Democratic Presidential nominee Joe Biden who was Vice President under Barack Obama.
The Biden campaign announced that the former lawmakers joined its new Republicans for Biden program which launched today. It's part of the campaign's efforts to engage Republicans who've lost faith in their own party's candidate.
In a statement to Fox News, the Trump campaign dismissed the announcement. The Trump campaign will feature some of its own converts at the Republican National Convention, including New Jersey representative Jeff Van Drew, who said last year he was switching to the Republican Party.
The World Health Organization said Monday nine vaccines are being evaluated by its cooperative Covax facility. The Covax program was established to guarantee equal access to COVID-19 treatments and vaccines across all nations. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said it makes economic sense to make sure all nations have access to treatment.
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