US President Trump is looking into offering a coronavirus vaccine free of charge

US President Donald Trump speaks to reporters in the Oval Office at the White House, May 07, 2020 in Washington, DC. (AFP)

US President Donald Trump said on Friday he was considering making a vaccine for the coronavirus available for free.

“We’re looking at that, actually,” he said in response to a reporter’s question at a press conference in the White House.

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He said that he was hoping there would be a COVID-19 vaccine available before the end of the year and that the government had narrowed down a list of potential vaccines to 14 options.

Moncef Slaoui, the former head of Glaxo’s vaccines division who Trump recently put in charge of the national effort to find a coronavirus vaccine, said recent data made him “feel more confident” that a vaccine will be available by the end of 2020.

“I have very recently seen early data from a clinical trial with a coronavirus vaccine and this data made me feel even more confident that we will be able to deliver a few hundred million doses of vaccine by the end of 2020,” Slaoui said.

Trump also announced that the US will donate ventilators to India and said the two countries were cooperating on vaccine development.

- With Reuters

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