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Donald Trump vows US coronavirus vaccine will be ready 'far in advance' amid cases soaring

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The US president said drug companies Pfizer and Moderna had started late-stage vaccine trials last week. It is understood the two firms have already vaccinated hundreds of people as part of the trials.

Mr Trump said the US is “on pace” to have a coronavirus vaccine ready by this year, and “maybe far in advance of the end of the year”.

He stressed “it’s all about logistics,” adding the US military was “lined up” to help.

The US is currently aiming to deliver 300 million doses of a COVID-19 vaccine by January 2021 as part of its ‘Operation Warp Speed’ plan.

The US has already said it would buy 100 million doses of the vaccine Pfizer eventually releases following Food and Drug Administration approval.

This will come at a cost of around $1.95 billion, and was announced last month.

Vaccines can take decades to develop and send around the world, but there have never been so many scientists working so rapidly on one, CNET reports.

However, health officials in the US are worried the Trump administration is not ready to effectively distribute a vaccine.

Analysts note there will not initially be enough of the vaccine available for the entire US population of around 330 million.

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He said in a White House press briefing last week: “The delivery system is all set, logistically.

“We have a general that – that’s all he does, is deliver things, where it’s soldiers or other items. And I think you’re going to see something that’s going to be spectacular.”

The US’ Operation Warp Speed aims to accelerate the development of a vaccine, in part by carrying out multiple stages of development at the same time.

For example, industrial manufacturing of the vaccine will take place long before the vaccine has proved safe, rather than afterwards, according to the US Department of Health and Human Services.

Elsewhere in yesterday’s press briefing, Mr Trump claimed the total number of coronavirus cases across the US is beginning to fall.

He said: “We’re beginning to see evidence of significant progress. Nationwide the number of positive cases has declined by nearly 6 percent from the week before.

“And the positive test rate has also dropped from 8.7 to 8 percent over that same period of time; an encouraging sign – very encouraging, I have to add – that the virus is receding.

“In hotspots across the South and West we’ve seen slow improvements from their recent weekly peaks.”

Meanwhile, heavy wind and rain are expected to hit states across the US’ western coast including North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and New Jersey.

Mr Trump called on residents to “remain vigilant” until the storm passes.



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