The White House Gift Shop started selling a “Trump defeats Covid” commemorative coin ahead of President Donald Trump’s release from the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center after he tested positive for the disease last Thursday.
Anthony Giannini, chairman of the WHGS, designed the $100 coin as the final one in a series to mark Trump’s first term in office, reports The Hill news website.
“When we at WHGS first heard the sad news of President Trump’s positive Covid-19 test, once again we had faith, yet we knew our president would find a way to knockout Covid-19 in early rounds of this battle,” Giannini said on Monday.
“President Trump, as you know, is a fan of boxing, and the new coin design features more than a hint of superhero qualities in history’s most fascinating president.”
A picture of the coin was not immediately available.
Twenty percent of the proceeds are designated to go to Coronavirus prevention and cancer treatment.
Meanwhile, the head of emergencies at the World Health Organization says its “best estimates” indicate that roughly 1 in 10 people worldwide may have been infected by Covid-19.
Dr. Michael Ryan said the figures vary from urban to rural, and between different groups.
The estimate – which would amount to more than 760 million people based on the current world population of about 7.6 billion – far outstrips the number of confirmed cases as tallied by both WHO and Johns Hopkins University, which was over 35 million.