The President of the United States, Donald Trump, said on Friday that he hopes to have a vaccine against the coronavirus by the end of the year or “perhaps sooner.”
“We are looking to have it by the end of the year, perhaps sooner. We are doing very well,” the president said at a press conference in the White House gardens, at a time when the United States is the country most affected by the pandemic, with almost 86,000 deaths.
Trump said he hopes to have good results “very soon” and said that the last thing companies are looking for is to make a profit, without giving details about what the price of the vaccine will be and how access to it will be regulated.
On Thursday the European Medicines Agency (EMA) estimated that in an optimistic scenario the vaccine will take a year.
When asked how a vaccine can be achieved in such a short time, Trump replied that work began in January when the genetic sequence of the virus was carried out: “I don’t want people to think that everything depends on a vaccine, but this It would be formidable, ” said Trump, who later reiterated that the country is reopening anyway, referring to the lack of confidence in various regions.
“We created the best economy in the history of the world and we are going to do it again. They are going to start seeing it in the fourth quarter or even earlier,” said the president, who is facing re-election in November with a very weighted economy. due to the health crisis, with millions of jobs destroyed and a general contraction of the biggest indicators.