President Donald Trump is mobilizing the U.S. military to distribute a novel coronavirus vaccine as soon as one is available, and will initially focus on older Americans.
"You know that administering this vaccine is a daunting task," Trump said in an interview that aired on Fox Business Network on Thursday. "Our military is now being mobilized so that we can give a lot of people very, very quickly at the end of the year."
He said he believed there would be a vaccine by the end of the year and that the United States would mobilize "our military and other forces" on that assumption.
The White House has set itself the goal of receiving 300 million doses of vaccine by the end of 2020. Such a vaccine for this pathogen has not been approved, although a number are under development. The manufacture and distribution of an effective vaccine are seen as key steps in launching the vaccine in the US economy.
Trump's schedule is at odds with what the nation's leading infectious disease expert said Tuesday in the Senate.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said the idea that there would be a vaccine next fall when schools and universities started school was "a bridge too far."
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