Amidst the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic war which has infected over 1 million and caused the death of over 70,000 Americans as at Friday, President Donald Trump of the United States of America has reportedly told health experts on Friday at the White House that the Coronavirus will disappear without a vaccine.
In his words, Trump was quoted to have said, “This is going to go away without a vaccine, it’s gonna go away, and we’re not going to see it again, hopefully, after a period of time. You may have some flare-ups, and I guess I would expect that.”
And when asked how he was sure that the virus will leave without a vaccine, Trump claimed that he has gotten information to that effect from medical professionals who he claimed that he had been meeting with frequently.
He was quoted to have said that “I just rely on what doctors say. They say it’s going to go. That doesn’t mean this year. It doesn’t mean, frankly, it’s going to be gone before the fall or after the fall, but eventually it’s going to go away. The question is whether we will need a vaccine. At some point it will probably go away by itself.”
This statement came in a few days after the President Trump-led administration unveiled and set in motion the Operation Warp Speed. Operation Warp Speed is a project targeted at facilitating and quickening the search and production of the Coronavirus vaccine.
For Americans and to the world, the Operation Warp Speed might seem like a silver lining in the present dark health world, but Dr. Anthony Fauci, who is the lead expert on the Coronavirus Task Force has warned that hopes shouldn’t be raised yet as he is not sure that a vaccine can be made available in the next 18 months.
Sharing his thoughts with Fox News last week, Dr. Fauci was quoted to have said that “ the Coronavirus was not going to be over to the point of our being able to not do any mitigation until we have a scientifically sound, safe and effective vaccine.”
In addition to what Dr. Fauci stated, another medical professional on the Coronavirus Task Force, Dr. Deborah Birx, also learnt her voice to the debate on the expected manufacturing date of the vaccine.
She told Fox News last week that Operation Warp Speed task force is not relying on a single source of vaccine manufacturing, as the government is sourcing for the vaccines from different medical groups and sources.
Hence, a vaccine can be made available to the public as early as January next year.
In reaction to the possibility of a vaccine being made available by January, a poll was conducted by Yahoo News/YouGov on if Americans were ready to be vaccinated.
And the result of the poll showed that 55% of Americans were ready to be vaccinated, while 19% claimed they were not taking it, and the remaining 26% sitting on the proverbial fence.
When asked On Tuesday if he was ready to be vaccinated should the vaccine be ready, Trump responded that “If they would like me to, I’d go the first one or I’d go the last one. I don’t want to waste it,” he responded.
But when he was reminded of his above response on Friday, Trump sounded less sure of his initial response as he was quoted to have said, “I didn’t say I wanted to, that’s not a correct statement,” he said. “You said, ‘Would you be,’ and I said if it was good for the country I’d be, and if it was bad for the country, I’ll wait to be the last one or I wouldn’t do it at all.”