US reopening; vaccine or no vaccine: Trump
Published: 11:25 AM, 16 May 2020 Updated: 01:19 PM, 16 May 2020
US President Donald Trump
US President Donald Trump has promised that his country will reopen "vaccine or no vaccine", as he announced an objective to deliver a coronavirus jab by year-end.
He likened the vaccine project, dubbed "Operation Warp Speed", to the World War Two effort to produce the world's first nuclear weapons. But Trump made clear that even without a vaccine, Americans must begin to return to their lives as normal.
Speaking at a White House Rose Garden news conference on Friday, Mr Trump said the project would begin with studies on 14 promising vaccine candidates for accelerated research and approval.
"That means big and it means fast," he said of Operation Warp Speed. "A massive scientific, industrial and logistical endeavour unlike anything our country has seen since the Manhattan Project."
"I don't want people to think this is all dependent on a vaccine," he said. "Vaccine or no vaccine, we're back. And we're starting the process."
"In many cases, they don't have vaccines and a virus or a flu comes and you fight through it," he added. "Other things have never had a vaccine and they go away."
"I think the schools should be back in the fall," Mr Trump continued.
Meanwhile, many experts doubt that a coronavirus jab can be developed within a year.