Trump announces U.S. developing a coronavirus vaccine, sets up a task force as CDC warns virus may soon spread to U.S. Updated for 2021


Updated: March 4, 2021

President Donald Trump announced on Wednesday the United States was developing a vaccine to respond to the coronavirus outbreak “very rapidly”.

President Trump announced that a task force had been set up and Vice President Mike Pence would be leading it to respond to the coronavirus.

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Speaking at a press briefing at the White House, President Trump said only one patient in the United States was very sick but the few others had recovered.

He said the United States was ready to counter the potential threat of the coronavirus.

Vice President Pence said the threat to the American public remained low.

There are 15 cases detected in the United States and three cases among Americans repatriated from Wuhan, China, and 42 cases on the cruise ship, Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar announced at the press briefing at the White House.

“We can expect to see more cases in the United States,” Alex Azar said.

The CDC said America should prepare for more cases. CDC said it’s spread through cough and sneezes. It advised people to wash their hands, covering their cough and staying home if sick.

An NIH director said a vaccine would be ready in about 2 to 3 months but it would take a between a year or a year and half to get a vaccine that could be used on humans.


Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba covers the White House, the U.S. government, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions for Today News Africa in Washington D.C. Simon can be reached on



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