Trump says no vaccine by year’s end as US virus cases hit 4.31 million
"I heard very positive things, but by the end of the year, we think we're in very good shape to be doing that," Trump said of a potential vaccine...
Istanbul, Jale Akbar, İnteraz - 28 July 2020, 16:50
US President Donald Trump says he believes a vaccine for COVID-19 will only be available by the end of the year as the coronavirus crisis in worsening across the United States.
"I heard very positive things, but by the end of the year, we think we're in very good shape to be doing that," Trump said of a potential vaccine.
Trump, whose job approval ratings have sharply dropped as many Americans believe he has mishandled the virus crisis, sought for the second week to look in command after setting aside his hands-off approach, Reuter said.
"I trust all Americans to do the right thing but we strongly advise everyone to especially, especially focus on maintaining a social distance, maintain a rigorous hygiene, avoid crowded gatherings and indoor bars and wear masks when appropriate," Trump said.
The Republican president spoke during a visit to a Fujifilm plant in Morrisville, North Carolina, where work on a vaccine is being performed. During a tour of the facility, he wore a mask publicly for a second time, the first being on a trip to Walter Reed Medical Center near Washington earlier this month.
Trump, who is seeking re-election in November, has his work cut out for him in North Carolina, a state he won narrowly in 2016 and where he had originally hoped to accept his nomination for a second term, Reuters said.
A new NBC News/Marist poll said Democrat Joe Biden led Trump by 7 points in North Carolina. It said respondents by a 2-to-1 margin favored Democratic Governor Roy Cooper's opposition to a large Republican nominating convention event in Charlotte, North Carolina, in late August.
Infection rates have climbed since June in the United States, which leads the world in the total number of deaths and cases.
National security adviser Robert O'Brien became the most senior official in Trump's inner circle to test positive for the coronavirus.
Regarding the vaccine, US infectious disease chief Dr. Anthony Fauci said the country could see "further suffering and further death" if coronavirus isn't controlled.
He said thousands more Americans could lose their lives in the coming months.
"If you look at the deaths as they're occurring right now -- about 1,000 per day -- unless we get our arms around this and get it suppressed, we are going to have further suffering and further death," Fauci said.
"That's the reason why, as I've often said many, many times, there are things that we can do right now in the absence of a vaccine that can turn us around," he added.
While there's still no guarantee the vaccines being developed will prove effective, at least one vaccine trial in the US has entered its third phase, CNN said.
US coronavirus cases rose by at least 61,277 on Monday to 4.31 million total, according to a Reuters tally.
The United States has also topped 148,000 virus deaths since the pandemic began.