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US President Trump: “We think that we will have had a vaccination by the end of the year.”

President Trump held a press conference at the White House on vaccination research.

President Trump pointed to the fact that almost all the states in the country have announced their normalization plans now, thanks to their testing capacities of up to 350,000 per day. Trump said, “Another important pillar of the normalization process of our country is the development of effective treatment and vaccines against the virus. We are looking to get it by the end of the year if we can, maybe before.”

President Trump said that various studies on the vaccine had been initiated as of January 11, the early days of the pandemic, and his government has been doing their best to support such studies.

President Trump Administration Unveils the Warp Speed Project.

Citing that his administration provided $10 billion to fund the research initiatives, President Trump said, “Today, we are starting a new project called Operation Warp Speed in the field of vaccination. In this way, we will make a massive scientific, industrial, and logistical endeavor unlike anything our country has seen since the Manhattan Project.” He said, “Its objective is to finish developing and then manufacture and distribute a proven coronavirus vaccine as fast as possible.”

President Trump stated that within the scope of this project, the Ministry of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and experts from many institutions and organizations came together. He noted that the army would be used to distribute the vaccine to the country after its development.

'Hats off' to whoever develops vaccine First"

Noting that they had been working in collaboration with other countries to develop a vaccine, Trump said, “We have no ego on that matter. We are working with our allies and sometimes we are working with those who are not our allies.” He commented, “Whoever develops the vaccine, we think it’s great.”

“Vaccine or no vaccine, we are back.”

On the other hand, President Trump said, “And I just want to make something clear. It’s very important. Vaccine or no vaccine, we are back to normal. We are starting a process. And in many cases, they don’t have vaccines, and a virus or the flu comes, and you fight through it. And people sometimes, I guess—we don’t know exactly yet, but it looks like they become immune, or at least for a short while.”

Side Notes:

President Trump's F-35 Card

Stating that the U.S. should not have a commitment to China or other countries at the supply chain point, President Trump said, “We have good relations with President Erdoğan now, but what if it breaks down? What are we supposed to do if they say that ‘we won’t be delivering the F-35 parts?’” he said.

President Trump: “We’ll be making an announcement on the World Health Organization shortly, soon.”

Trump also commented on the quitting of the Head of the World Trade Organization, Roberto Azevedo, saying, “I am OK with it. The World Trade Organization has been acting very badly for a long time. They treat China as a developing nation. Therefore, China gets a lot of the benefits that the US doesn’t get.”

Trump: I don’t want to talk to Xi right now. We might cut off our whole relationship with China.

Arguing that China is responsible for the COVID-19 outbreak and its becoming a pandemic, Trump said, “I am very disappointed in China. They should have never let this happen. So I made a great trade deal and now I say this doesn’t feel the same to me. The ink was barely dry and the plague came over. And it doesn’t feel the same to me.” Stating that the USA might cut off its relationship with China, Trump said, “There are many things we could do.

We could take many steps. We could cut off the whole relationship. Now, if you did, what would happen? You’d save $500 billion if you cut off the whole relationship.”

The Economic Situation

There will be an election in November, but Trump is not willing to face this given the existing financial scenario. During the last two months, 36 million people in the US have applied for unemployment benefits due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The unemployment rate in the country reached 14.7% in April. This number is expected to climb in the next few months. This is the highest unemployment level that the US has experienced since the Great Depression in the 1930s.

Dr.Sadtler:”We are researching to quantify undetected cases of coronavirus infection"

A new clinical trial initiated by the U.S. National Institute of Health (NIH) explores how much the coronavirus spreads nationwide than has been detected. Dr. Kaitlyn Sadtler, who heads the unit that conducted the experiment, answered the questions of Turk of America.

- Can you explain the details of your antibody clinical trial?What is the scope of the study?

Our study seeks to understand the proportion of undiagnosed cases within the United States in healthy adults. We will be testing 10,000 volunteers from across the country for the prevalence of SARS-CoV2 antibodies in their blood. 

-What is the main importance having the antibody tests?

These antibody tests allow us to understand where the virus has been, and where it has spread, and the true extent of the infection in the United States.

-I believe these are available at home blood collection kits. Is it different from antibody tests which is available at pharmacies or small medical clinics such as CityMD?

Our at home blood collection kits are exactly that – collection kits. They are not at home tests. When a donor sends their sample back to the lab, we extract the antibodies, then analyze them in the laboratory using an ELISA. This is different test than the rapid “lateral flow” tests that look like pregnancy tests. ELISAs are more sensitive, and we have the ability to run multiple different controls (samples that we know the theoretical outcome of, such as blood serum before 2019 when SARS-CoV2 didn’t exist, and blood from known COVID19 patients). This allows us to have strong validation on our tests, determine what level of signal intensity in our assays is determined “positive” versus “negative”, and ensures that what we measure is correct.

-If a person has antibodies that has prior covid-19 infection,does it mean that they are immune to Covid-19? Who is eligible to take the test?

We do not know for certain whether or not the presence of antibodies equals immunity. In partnership with serosurveys, we need to evaluate whether or not these antibodies can neutralize the virus (prevent it from spreading from cell to cell in a petri dish), what level of antibodies would then be protective, and ultimately, if someone has these antibodies in their blood, do they get the disease if exposed again. The work we are doing is a research study, not a medical diagnostic, and we are testing individuals who have not yet tested positive for SARS-CoV2 by nasal swab, and are not currently ill.

-`Where do you see the coronavirus pandemic going? Your prediction?

When we look at the death toll, it surpassed 60k.IHME prediction for death toll was 68k two week ago and now they revised to 78k.Do you think U.S. would reach to 100k death toll by August?

I am not an epidemiologist, so I can’t comment too much on this. Stay distanced, wear a mask, wash your hands, and stay safe!

-What are your thoughts regarding the vaccine? How soon would vaccine be ready? 

I cannot comment directly on the vaccines, but scientists are working very hard on developing a vaccine, first testing to make sure it is safe, then testing to make sure it works, and then testing to make sure it really really works (more numbers of people tested).

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NYC Mayor: No protests are allowed in NYC

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said that New York got over the peak already. However, he also remarked that the economic activities could not go back to normal until September.

Mayor De Blasio said, “Consider how much effort and discipline does minimize the numbers take and follow the same path when you are sure that it will not come back.” De Blasio warned that if otherwise, that is, if the pandemic comes back with the boomerang effect, efforts to reopen the economy will be postponed to a far later date.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio pointed out that many New Yorkers flocked to city parks that weekend as warmer weather tempted them out. De Blasio emphasized that if the social distancing and other measures relevant to the pandemic were not obeyed, the pandemic could boomerang and hit the city folk again.

De Blasio said, “We will not give permission even to small groups that do not obey the social distancing rules. Failure to obey the rules will delay the city’s return to life.”

He said that the number of cases and deaths began to decrease in New York. Stating that the pandemic was in a silent period, Blasio highlighted that even though the numbers decreased, this fight was not over, and there was a long way ahead.

New sector councils are established in NYC.

Mayor Blasio stated that he would be forming several advisory councils to aid New York City’s reopening when the coronavirus pandemic recedes. New York City is rolling out six councils on specific business sectors of city life today with four more on the way in the coming days.

No protests are allowed in NYC.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea stated outright that New Yorkers are not permitted to gather for protests in public due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Mayor de Blasio said: “People who want to make their voices heard, there are plenty of ways to do it without gathering in person.”

 NYPD Commissioner Shea stated: “We’re in a pandemic, and executive orders have been issued, these are laws that have been passed down through executive order to keep people alive, while we greatly, greatly respect the right of people to protest, there should not be protests taking place in the middle of a pandemic by gathering outside and putting people at risk.”

As of to date, New York has 337,421 cases, 26,365 deaths and 1,089,916 tests.

President Trump: "Task Force Will Keep Working "Indefinitely"

President Trump said that Coronavirus Task Force, headed by Vice President Mike Pence, has done a fantastic job of bringing together vast, highly complex resources that have set a high standard for others to follow in the future.President stated that the extra ventilators will be shared with the countries which are in need.

 " Likewise, before we had a few tests only, and now we do more tests than every country combined. There is a great number of face masks, shields, gloves, and protective gowns now. The last four Governor's teleconference calls have been conclusively strong. Because of this success, the Task Force will continue on indefinitely with its focus on safety and opening up our country again. We may add or subtract people properly. Task Force will also be very focused on vaccines and treatment." President Trump said. 

President Trump also stated that he was unaware of the famous of the task force that he wanted to stop earlier.

Task Force has 22 members including:Steve Mnuchin, Secretary of Treasury,Robert Wilkie,Secretary of Vet. Affairs,NSA Robert O'Brien,Stephen Biegun,Deputy Secretary of State, Larry Kudlow, Director of the National Economic Council,Kelvin Droegemeier, Director of the United States Office of Science and Technology Policy,Dr Anthony Fauci, Director of NIAID , Dr Deborah Birx, US Global Aids Coordinator, Jerome Adams Surgeon General of the United States

White House Press Secretary McEnany described the relationship between USA-China as a disappointment.

Underlining that China did not share sufficient information about the human-to-human transmission of COVID-19, McEnany said, "China did not allow our researchers to investigate their virus management."

McEnany commented, “The US has, to date, conducted 7.5 million coronavirus tests. This is an extraordinary number. It’s not an accidental success.”

“The idea to test everyone is nonsensical.”

When asked if all the workers need to be tested for all people to go back to work safely, McEnany said, “If we tested every single American at this moment, We’d have to retest them every hour. That’s because you can be exposed to the virus anytime. Therefore, the idea to test everyone does not make sense. We have to act in a strategic manner about tests, as we have done so far.”

Reminding that the decision of loosening virus rules was passed on to the federal governors, “We encourage every single governor to follow the guidelines that White House put forward to a phased reopening approach.”

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