Even with public health experts warning against politicizing the crowd to produce the vaccine, Trump predicted a shot at shutting down COVID-19, shortened within “four weeks” can be done.
“It could be four weeks, it could be eight weeks,” Trump said in a Fox News interview.
Dr. Anthony Fauci warns that it is “highly unlikely” that a vaccine will be ready before the end of 2020, although other experts say the rapid progress on clinical trials makes them more optimistic.
Doctors worry that many Americans may not have relied on the safety and efficacy of any vaccine promoted by Trump as an election October surprise, which claimed the virus would disappear by spring and postponed unproven miracle treatments .
According to calculations maintained by Johns Hopkins University, the virus has been blamed for more than 6.5 million confirmed infections and 195,000 deaths in the US, the highest total of any country.
Video: Dr. on the importance of not politicizing the vaccine process (MSNBC). Ashish Jha
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