Trump, still not conceding defeat, trumpets vaccine progress

Trump, still not conceding defeat, trumpets vaccine progress
President Donald Trump speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House, Friday, Nov. 13, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
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Daily US Times: Gliding over significant challenges yet to come, President Donald Trump offered a rosy update on the race for a Covid-19 vaccine for the resurgent coronavirus as he delivered his first public remarks since his defeat by Joe Biden. Mr Trump still did not concede the election.

On Friday, Trump spoke from the Rose Garden as the nation sets records for confirmed coronavirus cases, and as fatalities climb to the highest levels and hospitalizations near critical levels and since the spring. He said a coronavirus vaccine would ship in “a matter of weeks” to vulnerable populations, though the US Food and Drug Administration has not yet been asked to grant the necessary emergency approvals.

Public health experts worry that President Trump’s refusal to take aggressive action on the coronavirus pandemic or to coordinate with the Jeo Biden’s team during the final two months of his staying at the White House will only worsen the impacts of the coronavirus and hinder the nation’s ability to swiftly distribute a vaccine next year.

As states impose new coronavirus restrictions in the face of rising caseloads, Mr Trump asked all Americans to remain “vigilant.” But the President ruled out a nationwide “lockdown” and appeared to acknowledge that the decision won’t be his much longer.

“This administration will not be going to a lockdown,” he added.

“Hopefully whatever happens in the future, who knows, which administration it will be I guess time will tell, but I can tell you this administration will not go to a lockdown,” Mr Trump said.

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