President Donald Trump on Friday held his first press conference in more than a week, saying Americans can expect emergency-use authorization for Pfizer’s CCP virus vaccine extremely soon.
Either Pfizer’s vaccine or another one could be sent out to front-line workers in “a matter of weeks” and may be sent out to the general population “as soon as April” of next year, the president remarked from the White House Rose Garden alongside Vice President Mike Pence and other officials.
Pfizer’s vaccine, he added, was only made due to the White House’s Operation Warp Speed, and it was an “unfortunate mistake” when the firm said it wasn’t part of the program earlier in the week.
“It’ll be approved very, very quickly,” Trump said. “The vaccine will be distributed to front-line workers, the elderly, and high-risk Americans immediately.”
“Frankly, I’m not going to trust the federal government’s opinion and I wouldn’t recommend to New Yorkers based on the federal government’s opinion,” Cuomo said in a recent statement about the possibility of a vaccine being available.
An adviser to Cuomo, Rich Azzopardi, wrote on Twitter on Friday that the governor is “is fighting to ensure the communities hit hardest by COVID get the vaccine” before attacking Trump’s response to the CCP virus. It came after Trump’s remarks at the Rose Garden.
“Lockdowns cost lives, and they cost a lot of problems,” Trump also said, citing the loss of jobs, business closures, and drug abuse in the midst of stay-at-home orders implemented by various governors.
During the news conference, Trump didn’t take any questions.