“We have big companies,” he added. “The rest of the world also makes vaccines, so let’s see how they do it. ”
The president’s comments are likely to fuel concerns that he is exerting political pressure on vaccine development in a bid to boost his hopes for re-election. Trump told reporters this week that politics will play no role in the science behind vaccine development, and administration officials have given similar assurances.
But Trump has repeatedly insisted that a vaccine could be ready in the near future, citing Operation Warp Speed, a government initiative to accelerate the development, manufacture and distribution of a possible COVID-19 vaccine.
” I rush. I’m. I’m pushing everyone, ”Trump told Rivera of the push for a vaccine.
Trump also claimed that a vaccine would not be ready for “two years” if a different president was in office.
He was asked later Thursday if he thought it would improve his chances of re-election if a vaccine was ready by November, Trump said “it wouldn’t hurt.”
“But I’m not doing it for the elections,” he said. “I want it fast because I want to save a lot of lives. ”
Anthony FauciAnthony FauciCNN Burnett Presses Navarro On Hydroxychloroquine In Combative Interview: “You Are An Economist, Not A Scientist” Overnight Health Care: Fauci Says His Family Has Been Threatened | Moderna will charge a dose for its vaccine | New York adds checkpoints to enforce quarantine Fauci says family has faced threats and harassment amid pandemic MORE, the government’s leading infectious disease specialist and other public health officials said a vaccine would likely be ready by the end of 2020 or early 2021, citing the number of candidates in development. But they warned that it will take time to distribute the vaccine to the masses throughout the next year.
US companies Pfizer and Moderna recently entered the third phase of testing their vaccine candidates to test efficacy and safety.
Updated at 12:43