The US president said that by the time one of the candidates is approved, 100 million doses will be available to vaccinate
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U.S.- He President of U.S, Donald Trump, announced on Tuesday that his government is « very close » to approving a vaccine against the coronavirus, the same day that Russia registered the first in the world.
Without citing the Kremlin’s achievement, Trump referred to efforts to pass the vaccine Just start the almost daily press conference in which he reports on the state of the coronavirus in the country, which already exceeds 5.1 million cases and touches 165,000 deaths.
« We are investing in the development and manufacture of the top six candidates to ensure their rapid distribution, and the Armed Forces are ready, ready to deliver the vaccine to Americans as soon as the first is fully approved, « said the President.
« And we are, » he added, « very close to that approval. »
Trump promised that by the time one of the candidates is approved, 100 million doses will be available to vaccinate Americans and also said that « soon after » 500 million more will be produced.
In fact, at the same press conference, Trump announced an agreement with Moderna, one of the pharmaceutical companies that is closest to completing the tests with its vaccine, to purchase 100 million doses when approved. Moderna, meanwhile, reported that the agreement amounts to about $ 1.5 billion.
According to the president, the efforts of his Government to achieve vaccine they are « the largest and most advanced operation of its kind in the world and in history. »
« THE POINT IS NOT TO BE THE FIRST »
Although Trump neither referred nor was asked about the vaccine Russian, yes it did his secretary of Health and Human Services, Alex Azar.
From Taiwan, the minister told ABC that « the point is not to be the first, the point is to have a vaccine safe and effective for Americans and for the people of the world « and demanded from the Kremlin » transparent data « .
Azar also said he hopes to have « tens of millions » of doses available by December, after the November presidential elections.
In the same vein as Azar, the main epidemiologist of the Government of U.S, Anthony Fauci: « I hope the Russians have definitely proved that the vaccine it is safe and effective. I seriously doubt they have. «
For his part, the head of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) – the government agency in charge of giving the go-ahead to the vaccine– Scott Gottlieb, hinted that the Kremlin announcement « may be another effort to fan doubts or incite the US to force early action. »
PROHIBIT ENTRY FROM MEXICO
In parallel to the vaccine, The Trump administration is studying fighting the virus by adding Mexico – one of the countries hardest hit by the pandemic – to the list of countries from which it prohibits entry, such as China, Brazil and most of Europe, according to The Washington Post. .
The capital newspaper also revealed that a proposal is circulating in the White House to block the entry of Americans and permanent residents if they are suspected of being infected with COVID-19, a legal authority that it is not clear that the Government has.
The land border with Mexico is already closed, as with Canada, but essential travel and air travel are still allowed with the Latin American country, which accumulates more than 485,000 confirmed cases and 53,000 deaths.
THE RELATIONSHIP WITH XI « IT IS NO LONGER THE SAME »
Trump also referred on Tuesday to the « great » relationship that according to him he had with his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, and which has changed since the outbreak of the pandemic, of which the US leader blames Beijing for not having controlled the outbreak. .
« I used to have a very good relationship with him. I had a great relationship with him. President Xi. I appreciate him, but I don’t feel the same now, « Trump said in statements to Fox Sports radio.
« Certainly my feelings are different. He had a very, very good relationship, and I haven’t spoken to him in a while. » (With information from agencies)