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Quotes of the Day from Xinhua World News, Aug. 4

04 Aug 2020, 23:30 GMT+10

WASHINGTON -- "The fate of the platform remains uncertain, but one thing is clear: Banning it would upturn fundamental principles of democracy," wrote Nicholas Thompson, editor in chief of Wired, in the article The Rank Hypocrisy of a TikTok Ban on Monday.

"It's a rare feat to upturn two such fundamental democratic values -- free speech and free markets -- at the same time," Thompson said.

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PARIS -- As COVID-19 cases flared up and the number of patients requiring life support surged after declining for four months, a second wave of the coronavirus epidemic is highly expected this autumn or winter in France, the country's scientific council predicted.

In a report published on Tuesday, the scientific advisory body of the French government noted that "it is highly likely that we will experience a second epidemic wave this autumn or winter."

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WASHINGTON -- "For decades, communities of color have been underrepresented in clinical trials, faced greater barriers to getting vaccinated and harbored deeper distrust of a health care system," a piece published in U.S. magazine Politico on Monday said.

Despite its efforts to develop a vaccine against the COVID-19 pandemic, the United States lacks a plan to get shots to communities of color affected by the coronavirus, it also said.

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TOKYO -- "He (Bach) is not willing to see the games without spectators," Tokyo 2020 spokesman Masa Takaya said on Tuesday. "Tokyo 2020 is not willing to see the games without spectators either. So no one is willing to see the games without spectators. In this respect, we will keep monitoring the situation carefully of COVID-19, then we will have thorough discussions among key parties to deliver a safe and secure games next year."

The IOC President Thomas Bach said in July that the IOC is opposed to staging events without fans.

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