(Philadelphia) U.S. President Donald Trump said Tuesday that a vaccine for COVID-19 could be available within a month – an acceleration of his already surprisingly optimistic predictions – but added that the pandemic could also spread. go away alone.
Posted on Sep 15, 2020 at 10:52 pm
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“We’re very close to a vaccine,” he said during a Pennsylvania town hall question-and-answer session with voters in Pennsylvania that aired on ABC News.
“We’re a couple of weeks away from that, you know – it could be three weeks, four weeks,” he announced.
Hours earlier, speaking on Fox News Tuesday morning, Mr. Trump said a vaccine could be available in “four weeks, it could be eight weeks.”
Democrats have said they are concerned about the political pressure Donald Trump is putting on health officials and government scientists to speed up an approved vaccine to reverse the trend ahead of the vote that will run him against Joe Biden on Nov. 3.
Experts, including the director of the U.S. Institute for Infectious Diseases, Anthony Fauci, say vaccine approval is expected to arrive by the end of the year.
When Trump asked ABC News about his reasons for downplaying the severity of the coronavirus pandemic, which has now killed nearly 200,000 Americans, he denied, “I didn’t downplay it. In fact, on many points I have overestimated the importance of the measures taken. “”
But President Trump himself had frankly told reporter Bob Woodward in interviews taped for his new book Rage, released Tuesday, that he had made a conscious decision to downplay the pandemic in order not to over-play the Americans to worry about.