President Trump unveils new vaccine effort 'Operation Warp Speed'

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"I think distribution will take place nearly simultaneously because we've geared up the military", Trump explained on Thursday, adding that further details will be released on Friday.

"It's risky, it's expensive, but we will be saving massive amounts of time", President Donald Trump said at the event.

"Other things have never had a vaccine and they go away". As the manufacturing side gets into place, the National Institutes of Health is working in parallel to speed the science.

"That means big and it means fast", Mr Trump said of the "warp speed" title, adding that the military has been drafted in to help health officials make preparations for the vaccine.

Already, based on early data for one undisclosed program, Slaoui said he's confident the group can deliver. Clinical trials are expected to begin next month.

Hudson, who will meet with French President Emmanuel Macron next week, has been critical of Europe's capacity to develop and manufacture a vaccine for months.

Dr. Rick Bright, former director of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, testifies before a House panel on the coronavirus pandemic, on Capitol Hill in Washington, May 14, 2020.

Redstone Arsenal General co-lead for ‘Operation Warp Speed,’ Trump’s coronavirus vaccine effort

Some key questions are how those at highest risk from COVID-19, such as older adults and people with chronic health problems, will respond to the shots. Trump and other speakers had to compete with a noisy chorus of horns from truckers whom, he claimed, were protesting in his favour, describing it as a "sign of love".

Trump announced the appointment during a press conference in the White House's Rose Garden.

The president, prior to visiting a medical supply distributor in Pennsylvania, returned to his previous controversial promotion of an unproven malaria drug for treatment of the novel coronavirus. Trump later addressed masked warehouse workers who sat in chairs spaced six feet apart. Teams working on those candidates will receive funding and other support.

Whoever gets it is going to be very proud to give it and develop a, they develop it and we will see what happens.

The current U.S. death toll is 86,000, with 1.4m confirmed cases, according to Johns Hopkins University. However, Trump remains optimistic that the USA will recover regardless.

"A vaccine against COVID-19 should be a public good for the world", French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said on Thursday, noting that "equal access of all" was "non-negotiable". "If we didn't do any testing, we would have very few cases".

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The new rules will not apply to journalists with passports from Hong Kong or Macau, China's two semi-autonomous territories, according to DHS.


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