President Trump Predicts Coronavirus Vaccine By the End of the Year
President Donald Trump expressed confidence that the American medical research community will develop a vaccine for the coronavirus disease before the end of the year. The President was speaking in a Fox News town hall at the Lincoln Memorial on Sunday.
Such a research development would be unprecedented for a global disease, and would be a considerable human accomplishment.
“We are very confident that we’re going to have a vaccine at the end of the year, by the end of the year… We think we’re going to have a vaccine by the end of this year, and we’re pushing very hard.”
The World Health Organization has stated that there’s up to 70 different potential coronavirus vaccines that are currently in scientific development. The most advanced research projects are being overseen by the Chinese CanSino Biologics and the Beijing Institute of Technology, although American companies Moderna and Inovio Pharmaceuticals are leading projects of their own to create a vaccine.
Major scientists and researchers are estimating that the medical community will take at least 18 months to develop a vaccine suitable for mass usage, but the President is said to be pushing an initiative that is pressing for a vaccine to be made available by January 2021. The project, called ‘Operation Warp Speed,’ is currently running tests with fourteen different vaccine candidates.
President Trump also defended the wide-ranging set of restrictions enacted throughout American society during the town hall events, rebuking arguments that the disease is no different than the flu. The President cited cases of individuals whom he knows personally having died of the virus, stating that he’s never known anyone who has died of the flu.