US President Donald Trump said Thursday that a COVID-19 vaccine could be produced before the US presidential election on November 3, a more optimistic forecast than his experts predict.
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He was a guest on the radio show of conservative Geraldo Rivera, who asked him if he believed a vaccine would be available by the election.
“I think, yes, it will be possible before in some cases. But just around that date ”, replied the president, according to which a vaccine could be ready“ before the end of the year ”, even“ well before ”.
“We also have many vaccines under study,” he added. “It looks like we’re going to be pretty good on the vaccines, and the treatments too.”
Immunologist Anthony Fauci, a prominent member of the White House crisis cell on COVID-19, had been more cautious the day before on the calendar.
The director of the American Institute of Infectious Diseases had said that it would be possible “only towards the end of the year or at the beginning of 2021” to know “if we have a safe and effective vaccine”.
Donald Trump’s government has invested more than $ 9 billion in public money in various vaccine projects.