- The Guardian
The US will have a COVID-19 vaccine by the end of the year' - Trump
US President Donald Trump, has expressed optimism that there would be a Coronavirus vaccine by the end of 2020.
Trump speaking to Fox News hosts Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum inside the Lincoln Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. on Sunday, said the Coronavirus vaccine will come in 2020 while heaping praise on people willing to volunteer for clinical trials of the vaccine.
The US will have a COVID-19 vaccine
'We think we'll have a vaccine by the end of this year. And we're pushing very hard. 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.