By ZEKE MILLER, Kevin Freaking and Amer Mardhani, Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) – Given the significant challenges still to come, President Donald Trump on Friday offered a Rosie update in a vaccine race for the resurgent coronovirus as he made his first public appearance since his defeat to President-Elect Joe Biden. Commented. He still did not contest.
Trump spoke to Rose Garden as the nation sets the record for confirmed cases of COVID-19, and climbs to the highest level since spring in the hospital near critical levels and hospitality. He said the vaccine would ship in “a matter of weeks” for vulnerable populations, although the Food and Drug Administration has not yet been asked to give the necessary emergency clearance.
Public health experts worry that Trump’s refusal to take aggressive action on the pandemic or to coordinate with the Biden team during the final two months of his presidency will only worsen the effects of the virus and rapidly deliver a vaccine next year The country’s capacity will be hampered.
As states imposed new restrictions in the face of rising caseloads, Trump asked all Americans to be “vigilant”, but he rejected a nationwide “lockdown” and appeared to accept that the decision was too long for him Will not done.
“This administration will not go into lockdown,” he said. “Hopefully whatever will happen in the future, who knows, which administration will happen. I think time will tell, but I can tell you that this administration will not go into lockdown.”
Biden, for his part, has not supported a nationwide shutdown, but appealed to Trump to take “immediate action” to stop the spread of the virus. “The crisis does not honor the dates on the calendar, it is accelerating right now,” he said in a statement on Friday.
Trump said the vaccines would “arrive within a few weeks”, adding that they were ready and only waiting for approval – and would be given “immediately to high-risk individuals”. In fact, there is no guarantee that Pfizer’s shot, the front, will rapidly gain authorization for emergency use. If this happens, it still does not indicate whether the vaccine works in older adults or only in younger, healthier adults. Nor does Pfizer have a large commercial store already ready to ship; The initial batches of shots will be aimed at small and fixed-to-fixed populations.
Trump did not ask reporters on Friday. He did not answer questions before Election Day.
Meanwhile, his propaganda prediction that America has met a harsh reality “turn by turn” on the epidemic, with its own White House becoming the focus of yet another outbreak.
Despite the virus, Trump’s aggressive visit has also affected his security personnel. The US Secret Service is facing an important case, with many believed to have been involved with their rallies in the campaign’s closing days, according to an official.
Meanwhile, White House press secretary Kayle McKenney said Trump is “not even at that point yet” when it comes to accepting Biden. Trump has made baseless allegations of widespread voter fraud, even with his own administration stating that there is no evidence to support the claims. His colleagues suggested that he was trying to keep his supporters’ base in his favor in defeat.
Trump spoke with conservative media on Friday, including Fox News’ Geraldo Rivera, suggesting that he would accept the loss only after exhausting his legal options.
“You know, he told me he was a realist,” Rivera said. “He told me he would do the right thing.”
With more than 100,000 newly confirmed US cases reported per day for more than a week, Trump is more focused on tracking the rollout of a vaccine that won’t be widely available for months. He has stated that Pfizer deliberately withheld an announcement about the progress of his vaccine testing on Vaccination Day, according to a White House official who was not authorized to comment publicly and on the condition of anonymity. Pfizer did not obtain preliminary results from tracking his independent study until that group meeting was held five days after the election.
Head of Operation Tana Speed, Dr. Monsef Saloui, for the protection of vaccines for development, strives to get the vaccine to market as rapidly and safely as possible. “While we are not there yet, we are close to the objective” after a vaccine is ready for deployment by the end of the year, he said.
With Trump aiming to dispose of the political score, saying he would not apply the vaccine to hard-hitting Andrew until the Democratic go, Andrew Cuomo indicated that the state had promised to conduct its own review to ensure its safety. “The governor will tell us when he will be ready,” Trump said.
Cuomo said in an CNN interview that New York is one of several states that set up their own scientific panels to give residents more confidence to take the vaccine if it is safe to use. He accused Trump of “politicizing the process”.
“As soon as they get the medicine to us, we are ready to deliver it,” Cuomo said.
The president has played a persistent epidemic, killing more than 240,000 Americans and infecting more than 10 million people in the US.
White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows tested positive last week after attending an election night party at the White House. Others in the party have also tested positive, including White House political director Brian Jack, former White House aide Beumgardner and Trump campaign advisors David Bossy and Corey Lewandowski. Lewandowski said on Thursday that he believed he contracted the virus in Philadelphia, while helping in the presidential election challenge.
Biden, for his part, chose the mass election as a referendum to tackle Trump’s epidemic. He has addressed the virus as his top priority as he proceeds with his infection. He spoke on the phone with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer on Thursday and spoke of the sheer possibility of passing a COVID-19 relief bill in a Congressional Lun Duck session.
Incoming White House Chief of Staff Ron Clann said Biden would appoint a “COVID coordinator” who would lead the administration’s epidemic response. Kleinan spoke on MSNBC on Thursday night, saying the person would have “direct access” to the president and would tell him about the epidemic daily. A team of people below the coordinator will monitor vaccine delivery, address supply chain disruptions and improve access to testing.
Madhani reported from Chicago. The authors of the Associated Press Jill Colvin, Alexandra Jaffe and Lauren Nirgard contributed to this report.
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