“WE WILL DEFEAT THE VIRUS”
by Sharon Rondeau
(Jul. 27, 2020) — At Monday afternoon’s coronavirus briefing, President Trump said that two vaccines are entering the third stage of clinical trials, while others are proceeding with development by a number of U.S. companies.
Trump made his remarks from Fujifilm Diosynth, one of the vaccine-developers, in Morrisville, NC.
Vaccines are an element of the administration’s “Operation Warp Speed” to find effective treatments for COVID-19, or the “Novel coronavirus,” which shut down much of the country for approximately six weeks. Some states, such as Arizona, Texas, Florida, and others in the Sunbelt which were not heavily affected in the beginning have experienced sharp increses in cases and hospitalizations.
An “industrial mobilization” which Trump said “has never been done before” will make vaccines available to the public on “Day One” that they are approved, he said.
He said that the drug Remdesivir has proven effective against the virus as well as “antibody treatments.”
Regeneron entered into an agreement July 7 to develop antibody treatment, Trump said.
The mortality rate from the virus for people over 18 is “85% lower than it was in April; think of that,” Trump declared.
Last week the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) began distributing “rapid point-of-care” kits to nursing homes for testing, he reported.
“Nobody’s even close” in testing, Trump said of the nations of the world.
He said the national stockpile is now replenished, faulting the Obama regime for having “depleted” it.
FEMA dispatched PPE to 15,000 nursing homes last week, Trump reported, and said that spikes in cases seen in Texas, Arizona and Florida are stabilizing. He said he expects states with such increases to “turn the corner very quickly” if they continue to take proper precautions.
Trump suggested that new cases are arising in Texas due to Mexico-U.S. border-crossers. He said his administration has supplied Texas with hundreds of thousands of pieces of PPE.
He added that young Americans are likely a cause of the spread of the virus through social contact and less rigorous precautions.
Those with underlying conditions such as heart ailments and diabetes should be “shielded,” Trump said.
“We will defeat the virus, and we will have it delivered in record time,” Trump said at 3:48 p.m., then opened the briefing to questions. In response to one, Trump took credit for rebuilding the U.S. economy early in his term and pledged to “do it again” as America recovers from the COVID-19 shutdown and accompanying economic downturn.
Ending the session at 3:56 p.m., Trump said he would further tour the facility and return to Washington later on Monday.