United States will have the Covid-19 vaccine by the end of the year: Donald Trump

WASHINGTON: President of the United States Donald trump He expressed confidence that the country would have a COVID-19 vaccine by the end of the year and revised the number of deaths from the disease in the United States to a minimum of 80,000.

We are very sure that we will have a vaccine at the end of the year, at the end of the year, Trump said in a virtual town hall organized by Fox News on Sunday.

So far, US government health experts. USA They had cited January 2021 as the earliest date for a vaccine to be available.

I will say what I think ... I think we are going to have a vaccine much sooner than later, he said, without clarifying further.

When asked if he wanted EE. USA Developing the vaccine before any other country, the president replied: I do not care, I just want to get a vaccine that works, and added if it is another country I will take my hat off.

We are way ahead of any vaccine in history.

Trump also revised his prediction of the number of COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. USA Given that the estimate of 60,000 deaths that he had declared on April 20 has now crossed that mark.

He used to say 65,000. Now I say 80 (thousand) or 90 (thousand), and it goes up and up quickly, said Trump, whose projection exceeds the projection of the death toll of 72,400 made this week by the University of Washington .

Trump acknowledged that perhaps 90,000 deaths could not be described as successful in the fight against the coronavirus, but said it was preferable to the millions or 2 million deaths that would have occurred without measures restricting movement.

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The president also rejected media reports that he ignored warnings from various intelligence agencies about the severity of the coronavirus in January and February.

He said the country's intelligence agencies will issue a statement Monday endorsing his version that it was not until January 23 that they were told there might be a virus entering but that it was not of importance.

It was a short conversation and it was only on January 23. Soon after, I closed the country to China and we had 21 people in the room. I was the only one who wanted to close it, he added.

He also stated that Italy had been greatly affected by the pandemic because many Chinese who wanted to travel to the US. USA They went to Europe instead after it imposed travel restrictions on China on January 31, despite the Italian government having closed air traffic from China three days before it.

Trump's virtual meeting with voters, who sent him video questions, aimed to reinforce the impression that the White House response to the coronavirus pandemic in the country has been effective, exactly six months before Trump left. present for re-election in November.

Sitting in front of the statue of Abraham Lincoln During the event, Trump said, referring to the media, that he had been treated worse than the late president, who was assassinated in 1865.

Trump also stated that he is not concerned that the November presidential election will turn into a referendum on his management of the coronavirus crisis, and said he has done a good job of leading the largest mobilization since World War II.

He predicted a recovery in the economy next year with a transition in the third quarter of 2020 and a good fourth quarter and hoped to be able to resume his campaign rallies in the last two months before the November elections.

Trump said Americans should be able to return to work soon, but added that those who were afraid to do so could stay home.

Currently, USA USA It represents the largest number of COVID-19 cases and deaths in the world.

As of Monday, there were 1,158,040 cases, with 67,682 deaths, according to the Johns Hopkins University .