Though it remains unclear when a vaccine will be available to combat the deadly coronavirus disease known as COVID-19, President Donald Trump is taking action now to prepare.
According to Breitbart, Trump told Fox Business host Maria Bartiromo in a recent interview that the U.S. military is “being mobilized” so that if a vaccine is indeed developed by the end of 2020, the government can quickly distribute it.
“We’re mobilizing our military”
According to Breitbart, Trump’s remarks came in an interview that aired on Fox Business on Thursday. Speaking with Bartiromo at the White House, Trump was optimistic toward a swift return to normalcy, particularly as it relates to large events like sports games and concerts.
“I think we’re [going to] have a vaccine by the end of the year. We’re doing very well with a vaccine,” Trump said in the interview, a clip of which was shared to Twitter by the White House.
“We’re mobilizing our military, and other forces, but we’re mobilizing our military on the basis that we do have a vaccine,” Trump added, according to The Hill.
“You know, it is a massive job to give this vaccine,” he went on. “Our military is now being mobilized so at the end of the year we’re [going to] be able to give it to a lot of people very, very rapidly.”
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“Operation Warp Speed”
COVID-19 has already killed more than 87,000 Americans and infected some 1.4 million as of Friday, according to a Johns Hopkins University tracker. But on the bright side, it seems President Trump is taking the crisis seriously.
Breitbart noted that the president has put together a group of experts tasked with finding, developing, and producing a viable vaccine for the coronavirus as quickly as possible, in what has been dubbed “Operation Warp Speed.” The administration hopes to have upwards of 100 million vaccine doses available by the fall, and up to 300 million ready to go by the start of the new year, according to Breitbart.
Trump announced on Wednesday that U.S. Army Gen. Gustave Perna had been appointed as the chief operations officer for that ambitious project, The Hill reported.
To be sure, Trump’s vision of a vaccine being ready for some by the fall isn’t shared by everybody, nor is there even a guarantee that an effective vaccine against a constantly changing virus will ever be fully developed. If it is, though, the U.S. military will be prepared to use its incredible logistical capabilities to ensure that it is delivered throughout the country — and that’s good news for all Americans.