US President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that there may be a corona vaccine in three to four weeks. In doing so, he repeated predictions made by public health officials and pharmaceutical giant Pfizer earlier this month.
Trump made the statement in a meeting with citizens in Philadelphia organised by news channel ABC News. The President said that any vaccine would soon be ready for distribution.
“We are very close to a vaccine,” said Trump. “If you want to know the truth, it might have taken the previous government years to come up with a vaccine because of the FDA (Food and Drug Administration, ed.) and all the approvals. And we are weeks away from the vaccine, you know, it could be three weeks, four weeks”
Trump has been taking more fire on the drug watchdog FDA lately. He wants the FDA to speed up the approval of a vaccine and a cure for the coronavirus. There is concern within the FDA and the medical community that such an accelerated approval would be detrimental to the effectiveness and safety of the eventual vaccines or drugs. According to Trump, his critics do not want a cure for corona before the November presidential election and there is a conspiracy against him.
The President himself recently came under fire after sound recordings by the renowned journalist Bob Woodward showed that Trump knew at an early stage how dangerous the new corona virus is, but deliberately downplayed it.
When a woman confronted Trump at the meeting in Philadelphia, the President denied that he had trivialised the seriousness of the coronavirus and claimed that he had done the opposite. Trump misrepresented himself by claiming that the coronavirus will disappear as a result of ‘herd mentality’, which he probably meant ‘herd immunity’.
Of all countries, the United States is the most severely affected by the lung virus. According to data from Johns Hopkins University, the coronavirus has been detected in almost 6.6 million people in the United States. More than 195,000 people have died so far, more than a fifth of the global death toll.