US President Donald Trump during the daily White House coronavirus briefing said that “we are very close to a vaccine”. The vaccine trials are taking place in the US, Germany, the United Kingdom and China. As per the report, Trump was joined by Vice-President Mike Pence and Deborah Birx, the White House coronavirus taskforce co-ordinator. He said that “We have a lot of great, brilliant minds working on a vaccine.”
“Unfortunately we’re not very close to testing because when testing starts it takes a period of time, but we’ll get it done,” he said. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the US government’s top infectious diseases expert, had said that a vaccine will likely take 12-18 months to be approved. The health experts have also agreed that it would take at least 12-18 months before a vaccine is ready.
After Donald Trump, Vice-President Mike Pence said the data continues to show progress in the US fight against coronavirus. The hotspots including the New York Metro Area, New Jersey, Connecticut, Detroit, and New Orleans have all appeared to be past their peak, Pence said.
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“If we continue these mitigation efforts in the days ahead… we do believe by early summer we could be in a much better place as a nation, with much of this coronavirus epidemic behind us.”
So far, around 4.93 million coronavirus tests have been completed across the US. “We’re slowing the spread, we’re protecting the most vulnerable, we’re saving lives, and every single day we are one day closer to opening up America again,” Pence said.