US President Donald Trump said Friday that his administration would not “under any circumstances” enter a lockdown in order to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
“This administration will not be going to a lockdown. Hopefully … whatever happens in the future, who knows which administration it will be, I guess time will tell … I can tell you this administration will not go to a lockdown,” Trump said.
Trump received a briefing on Operation Warp Speed earlier Friday. The briefing occurred one day after the US set a single-day record of more than 160,000 coronavirus cases.
The president made his first remarks since former Vice President Joe Biden was elected as president-elect after the Nov.3 elections.
Speaking from the White House, Trump praised his own administration’s work to fight the pandemic and said that the vaccines would be available “ahead of schedule.”
He voiced expectations that an emergency use for the authorization of Pfizer’s vaccine would be issued “extremely soon.”
Operation Warp Speed chief Moncef Slaoui said he expected to have enough vaccine doses to immunize 20 million Americans in December and another 20 million citizens one month after.
Public health experts worry that Trump’s refusal to take aggressive action on the pandemic or to coordinate with the Biden team during the final two months of his presidency will only worsen the effects of the virus and hinder the nation’s ability to swiftly distribute a vaccine next year.
- with agencies