Biden on the Stump -
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We fact-check nine claims made by the Democratic presidential nominee in recent campaign speeches.
As we've noted before, 100,000-plus preventable deaths was a projection from the University of Washington's Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation — not the Trump administration. On Sept. 3, IHME said increased face mask use in the U.S. could save 122,000 lives between early September and Jan. 1, 2021. As of Oct. 15, IHME said with almost universal face mask use, 74,000 lives could be saved from then until Feb. 1, 2021.

Also, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert Redfield did tell senators in congressional testimony in mid-September that face masks currently "are the most important, powerful public health tool we have" against COVID-19.

"I will continue to appeal for all Americans, all individuals in our country, to embrace these face coverings," Redfield said. "I have said it, if we did it for six, eight, 10, 12 weeks we would bring this pandemic under control. … We have clear scientific evidence they work and they are our best defense."

As far as comparing face masks and a vaccine, Redfield didn't definitively say the former would save more lives — although he said masks may offer more protection. "I might even go so far as to say that this face mask is more guaranteed to protect me against COVID than when I take a COVID vaccine," Redfield told the Senate panel.

He later clarified his…
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