US President Donald Trump, has expressed optimism that there would be a Coronavirus vaccine by the end of 2020.
“I think we’ll have a vaccine by the end of the year. We’ll have a vaccine much sooner rather than later”, Trump said in the Fox News virtual Town Hall at the Lincoln Memorial.
We’re building supply lines now and we don’t even have the final vaccine,’ Trump said.
He pointed to Johnson & Johnson as one of such companies.
‘Many companies, I think, are close,’ he told the Fox News.
When asked if his hopes of an American company producing the vaccine first didn’t sound like his usual ‘America First’ rhetoric, and how he would feel if another country developed a successful vaccine first,
Trump answered, ‘I don’t care,’
‘I really just want to get a vaccine that works,’I really don’t care. If it’s another country, I’ll take my hat off to them. We have to come up with a vaccine.’ the president said.
When asked if he was worried about people volunteering for vaccine trials, Trump replied;
‘No, because they’re volunteers,’ Trump said.
‘They know what they’re getting into,’ he added, calling those who sign up ‘good people.’
Trump also said he’ll like to see therapeutics, too, that would work to cure patients who have COVID-19.
‘I would rather have therapeutics, something to make people better, not a cure, at least a therapeutic,’ Trump said.
According to Trump the U.S. is working alongside Australia and the United Kingdom to develop a vaccine and said Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who became extremely ill from COVID-19 though he was going to die.
‘He thought it was over, it was vicious,’ Trump added.
Trump also said that he would like schools and universities in the country to open in September.
“This virtual teaching is wonderful, but [students] will be fine. We have to go back”, the US presidnet said.
The United States remains the country with the largest number of cases (1,156,924) and the highest COVID-19 death toll (67,451), according to the US-based Johns Hopkins University (JHU), which tracks and compiles data from federal and local authorities, media and other sources.
Globally, the number of coronavirus infections has surpassed 3.5 million, according to JHU. The global death toll from COVID-19 stands at over 247,100. The number of recovered individuals is more than 1,1 million.