WASHINGTON, DC – Today, President Donald J. Trump touted the rapid success of Operation Warp Speed, a global iniative to find a cure for the COVID-19 virus pandemic. Trump said the program exceeded all expectations and said other companies are close behind
$1.95 billion to support the mass manufacturing and distribution of 100 million doses for Americans, with the option to purchase 600,000,000 doses free of charge.
“Pfizer said it wasn’t part of Warp Speed, but that turned out to be an unfortunate misrepresentation,” Trump said. “They are part, that’s why we gave them the $1.95 billion but it was an unfortunate mistake when they said that.”
Trump said his administration will coordinate an emergency use authorization to allow for the vaccine to be approved and distrubuted to Americans.
The average development time for a vaccine is 8 to 12 years. Trump said through Operation Warp speed, it has taken just one year.
Three other vaccines are also in the final stages of their trials, according to Trump.
“We ready to go,” the President said.
The vaccine will initally be distrubuted to health care professionals, first responders, the eldery and high risk individuals in an attempt to reduce hospitalizations and death among those most likely to suffer severe complications of the virus.
“We will allow seniors to reclaim their golden years of their lives,” Trump said. “Millions of doses are ready to out the door and as soon as possible.”
Trump said that the virus will be available everywhere in America except for New York State, where Democrat Governor Andrew Cuomo has publicly stated he’s not interesed in a Trump supported vaccine, instead opting to wait until Joe Biden takes office in January.
“The governor decided to say, he wants to take his time with the vaccine and doesn’t trust where it’s coming from,” Trump said of Cuomo. “The vaccine is coming from the greatest companies and labratories in the world, but he doesn’t trust that it’s this White House, this administration and so, we won’t be delivering it to New York until we have authorization do so. That pains me to say that. This a very successful vaccine. Governor Cuomo will have to let us know when he’s ready. We can’t be delivering it to a state where the governor won’t give it to the people.”
“I hope he doesn’t handle this as badly as he handled nursing homes,” Trump said of Cuomo, referring to the deaths of thousands of eldery long-term care patients as a result of an order to force those facilities to take infected COVID-19 patients back in March.