WASHINGTON: On Friday, gliding over big obstacles yet to come, President Donald Trump gave a rosy update on the race for a resurgent coronavirus vaccine as he delivered his first public remarks since President-elect Joe Biden’s loss. He really didn’t approve of the election.
As the country sets records for reported Covid-19 incidents, and as hospitalizations near critical levels and deaths increase to the highest levels since the spring, Trump speaks from the Rose Garden. He said that a vaccine will be shipped to vulnerable people in a matter of weeks, but the Food and Drug Administration has not yet been asked to give the requisite emergency approvals.
Public health officials fear that during the last two months of his administration, Trump’s failure to take aggressive steps on the pandemic or cooperate with the Biden team would only exacerbate the impact of the outbreak and impede the willingness of nations to administer a vaccine rapidly next year.
Trump urged all Americans to be alert while states introduce new limits in the face of rising caseloads. But he ruled out a national lockdown and seemed to understand that the decision would not be his any longer.
He added, This government will not go through a lockdown.” “Hopefully whatever happens in the future, who knows, I think time will tell which government it’s going to be, but I can tell you this administration won’t go to a lockdown.
For his part, Biden did not support a federal shutdown, but he called for decisive measures by Trump to curb the spread of the virus. The crisis does not honour calendar dates, it is escalating right now, he said in a Friday tweet.
Trump said vaccines would come within a few weeks, saying they were available and only waiting for clearance and would automatically be offered to high-risk persons. In fact, there is no assurance that the front-runner, Pfizers fired, will be easily approved for emergency use. Even if it did, if the vaccine operates in older people or only younger, healthy adults, there is no evidence yet. Nor does Pfizer now have a huge industrial arsenal ready to ship; initial batches of shots will be limited and tailored to those populations that are yet to be decided.
Trump did not take any questions from reporters on Friday. Since before Election Day he has not addressed questions.
Meanwhile, with his own White House being the target of yet another epidemic, his campaign forecast that the US are rounding the turn on the pandemic has faced a harsh reality. Despite the outbreak, Trump’s violent journeys have taken their toll on his protectors as well. The U.S. Secret Service is facing a large number of incidents, according to one source, mostly suspected to be connected to his rallies in the closing days of the campaign.
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany, meanwhile, said that when it comes to conceding to Biden, Trump is not yet at that stage yet. Even though his own department has said there is no evidence to support the charges, Trump has levelled unfounded allegations of systematic voter fraud. He is simply seeking to keep his base of followers on his side in defeat, his aides say.