Washington: U.S. President Donald Trump said he believes about around 100,000 Americans could die in the coronavirus pandemic hence the death toll as passed his earlier estimates but said he was confident the year’s end would develop a vaccine.
The Covid-19 has sickened more than 1.1 million in the United States and killed more than 67,000 Americans, shut broad sector of society, including schools and many businesses.
“We’re going to lose anywhere from 75,80 to 100,000 people. That’s a horrible thing”. Said Trump, who as recently said he hoped fewer than 100,000 Americans would die and earlier in the week, had talked about 60,000 to 70,000 deaths.
About half the states eased the lockdown rules and now moved towards a least partial lifting of shutdown as the opening would save millions of jobs that have sent the economy into a rapid decline.
“ We can’t stay closed as a country (or) we’re not gonna have a country left,” Trump said.
In a rating that combat with some public health experts, Trump said he believed that by the end fo the year, there would be a vaccine against Covid-19.
“ I think we’re going to have a vaccine by the end of the year. The doctors would say, well, you shouldn’t say that” Trump said. “I’ll say what I think… and I think we will have a vaccine sooner than later.”
As many health reporters, including Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top infectious disease expert, have alerted that it will take about a year to 18 months.
There is an “ Incredibly small” chance of having a highly effective vaccine or treatment of the coronavirus with in the next year, England’s Chief Medical office Chris Whitty said on April 22.
Trump also added he wanted students to return to schools and colleges in the autumn even as he acknowledged the possibility of a resurgence of the disease.
He was speaking the day before the Senate returns to Washinton. Trump said it was possible that federal coronavirus aid could rise to $6 trillion from the nearly $3 trillion Congress has already passed to try to ease the massive economic crisis.
“ There is more help coming. There has to be, he said”.
Earlier in the day, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said there was “ a significant amount of evidence” that Covid-19 emerged from a Chinese laboratory, but did not dispute U.S. intelligence agencies’ conclusion that it was human-made.