President Donald Trump delivered some much needed good news over the weekend when he revealed that there could be a vaccine to treat and cure the coronavirus available much sooner than most expected.
During a Fox News virtual town hall at the Lincoln Memorial hosted by Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum, the president fielded questions from Americans across the country.
One pointed question came from Danny Lemos, a 39-year-old who said he had the coronavirus but was able to survive it.
After saying he credits the drug remdesivir for his recovery, he asked Trump: “With the FDA approving remdesivir as a drug of choice to help fight this, which is the drug I was on, what are we gonna do and put in place to make sure that there’s enough of this drug available for everybody?”
It’s a great question because it’s a very hard drug to make, and it takes a period of time, and is made by Gilead, and I know that … Danny, I believe, gave a lot of credit to that drug for saving his life. We are pushing it really hard. We’re also pushing something else, the vaccines. We are very confident that we’re going to have a vaccine at the end of the year, by the end of the year, have a vaccine.
After Baier pressed him on the vaccine claim, the president repeated himself:
We think we’re going to have a vaccine by the end of this year, and we’re pushing very hard. You know, we’re building supply lines now – we don’t even have the final vaccine … if you look at, Johnson & Johnson is doing it. We have many companies are, I think, close because I meet with the heads of them and I find it a very interesting subject because it’s so important, but I think we’ll have a vaccine by the end of the year.
Trump is referring to “Operation Warp Speed,” which is the administration’s plan to accelerate the process of multiple vaccines that can be used to help treat Americans across the country who may have CV-19.
According to Bloomberg, the operation “will use government resources to quickly test the world’s most promising experimental vaccines in animals, then launch coordinated human clinical trials to winnow down the candidates. The best prospective vaccines would go into wider trials at the same time mass production ramps up.”
On Thursday, Dr. Anthony Fauci spoke about the “Warp Speed” vaccine process with NBC’s Savannah Guthrie.
“The question is, you always have to say you want to get a vaccine that is safe, and that’s effective, and that you could scale up rapidly,” Fauci stated.
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