US President Donald Trump on Tuesday said that a coronavirus vaccine may be available within a month. He added that the coronavirus pandemic could go away by itself.
During a town hall question-and-answer session with voters in Pennsylvania aired on ABC News, Donald Trump said that “We’re very close to having a vaccine.”
He said that “We’re within weeks of getting it you know — could be three weeks, four weeks.”
Earlier, speaking to Fox News, Donald Trump had said that a COVID-19 vaccine could come in “4 weeks, it could be 8 weeks.”
According to the Democrats, Trump is putting political pressure on the government health regulators and scientists to approve a ‘rushed’ vaccine in a bid for re-election against challenger Joe Biden on November 3.
A top US government infectious diseases doctor Anthony Fauci said that vaccine approval is more likely toward the end of the year.
At the ABC town hall, Donald Trump was asked why he’d downplayed the gravity of the coronavirus pandemic. The pandemic has claimed around 200,000 lives in the US.
Trump said: “I didn’t downplay it. I actually, in many ways, I up-played it in terms of action.”
“It (pandemic) would go away without the vaccine but it’s going to go away a lot faster with it,” he said.