Trump says coronavirus vaccine could be weeks away: Town hall

Trump says coronavirus vaccine could be weeks away: Town hall

Trump attends ABC News town hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
U.S. President Donald Trump takes the stage at an ABC News town hall event in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., September 15, 2020. REUTERS/ Kevin Lamarque

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump on Tuesday (Sep 15) said a vaccine against the deadly coronavirus could be three or four weeks away, underscoring predictions made by US public health officials and Pfizer Inc earlier this month. 

Trump, speaking at a town hall hosted by ABC News in Philadelphia, defended his handling of the coronavirus crisis, and said a vaccine could be ready for distribution soon.

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"We're very close to having a vaccine," he said. "If you want to know the truth, the previous administration would have taken perhaps years to have a vaccine because of the FDA and all the approvals. And we're within weeks of getting it you know could be three weeks, four weeks."

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Source: Reuters/aa