“It’s very important — vaccine or no vaccine, we’re back and we’re starting the process.”
A confident President Trump touted the reopening momentum in the U.S. on Friday morning as almost all states have begun phases of relaxing on lockdown measures — despite the U.S. continuing to lead the number of coronavirus cases in the world, with almost 1.43 million.
Even though new cases are relatively dropping, close to 87,000 have died from COVID-19 in n the U.S.
Trump assured the nation that the U.S. is ahead of the world in the race to discover a vaccine under the government’s operation warp speed — but he said there’s no ego involved, and that the U.S. is also willing to work with other countries.
“Its objective is to finish developing and then to manufacture and distribute a proven coronavirus vaccine as fast as possible, again, we’d love to see if we could do it prior to the end of the year. We think we’re going to have some very good results coming out very quickly.”
“We’re also working very strongly with other countries who also have some great, great scientists, doctors, and we’re all working very closely together and they’re viewing us as the leader.”
But whether or a not a vaccine will be available by the end of the year, Trump stressed that it’s time to bounce back — and bring the economy to where it was at the start of the year.
Pushing for reopening businesses, Trump said many people may have already had COVID 19 and perhaps didn’t even know it.
Trump stressed that’s a sign to bring kids back to school in the fall, but with restrictions for older school staff.
“We want to see our schools back. We want to see our country start to work again. We created the greatest economy in the history of the world, and we’re going to do it again.”
Meanwhile, the Democrats’ heroes act is expected to be passed in the lower house late Friday.
The $3 trillion dollar relief bill promises to fund almost $1 trillion to state and local governments, providing more money for COVID-19 testing and to pay front-line emergency workers.
It also includes another round of $1,200 cash payments for individuals and extend the added $600 weekly unemployment benefits.
But Republicans and the Trump administration are already ready to block it.
The Republican-led Senate has promised it will be dead on arrival, and even if a watered-down version of the HEROES act gets through, trump himself said he will flex his veto powers once again.