Trump says deliveries of COVID-19 vaccine to start next week

by Joel Abbott · Nov 27th, 2020 1:10 pm
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Last Updated Nov 28th, 2020 at 10:53 am

President Trump said deliveries of coronavirus vaccines will begin next week, with front-line workers, medical personnel, and senior citizens receiving the first doses.

"We are rounding the curve," the president said. "The vaccines are being delivered literally – it'll start next week and the week after."

Trump made reference to two companies that have a vaccine ready – assumed to be Pfizer and Moderna, which have each reported more than 94% effectiveness in their vaccines. Pfizer applied for emergency FDA approval earlier this month.

The president mentioned a third vaccine on the horizon, reportedly from company AstraZeneca – which has reported a vaccine efficacy from 62% to 90% – as well as a "fourth and fifth one coming up."

"People have called it a medical miracle," he said. "It could have taken four or five years to do this. Normally, it probably would have taken four or five years just getting it through the FDA. We pushed it very hard."

Trump also criticized Joe Biden, saying he had no part in the vaccine's development and making reference to other criticisms of Biden's handling of the deadly H1N1 virus in 2009 alongside former President Barack Obama.

"Joe Biden failed with the swine flu, H1N1, totally failed with the swine flu," Trump said. "Don't let him take credit for the vaccines because the vaccines were me and I pushed people harder than they've ever been pushed before, and we got that approved and through and nobody's ever seen anything like it."


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