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Trump claims US will have coronavirus vaccine by end of 2020

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He said he wants to sit beside people, and he wants 100,000-plus at Alabama football games.

Still, the president touted this higher death toll as good news in comparison to the millions of lives that would've been lost had the country not practiced social distancing.

"You know, I didn't know that it was creating criticism, and I did say this would be nice, but I thought it was your choice, not ours", Trump said, trying to pass off the decision onto the cable network, while claiming ignorance of federal law and his own administration's extraordinary efforts to stage manage the event. "We have to get a vaccine", he said, adding that he "firmly believes" it will be done by the end of 2020. The network said an encore presentation drew more than 1 million viewers and 274,000 in the 25-54 demo.

Asked why United States antibiotics are produced in China, he said: "It's not only China".

"We're going to lose anywhere from 75, 80, to 100,000 people", Trump said on Sunday night.

"He said I'm going to the hospital, I'll call you tomorrow".

"I met with the heads of the big companies, these are great companies, and I think we'll have a vaccine much sooner than later".

What was striking was that the question came from a retired nurse who wanted the president to do better, who asked why he was "bullying" the press and not directly answering questions, telling him to "let go of those behaviors that are turning people away from you". But she said, "The question I have is about your manner of presentation".

But the Lincoln Memorial served as more than a backdrop during the interview.

He said he did not believe he posed a risk to others.

More than 67,000 people in the U.S. have perished from the illness.

The town hall, which included an appearance by Vice-President Mike Pence, included a rare mea culpa: The vice-president said he should have worn a face mask during a visit last week to Minnesota's Mayo Clinic.

Democrats have made clear they want to provide a sizable rescue package for state and local governments as part of a broader bill - one that could total over 2 trillion US dollars - while some Republicans criticized the idea as unreasonably expensive.

Though the administration's handling of the pandemic, particularly its ability to conduct widespread testing, has come under fierce scrutiny, the president tried to shift the blame to China and said the US was ready to begin reopening.

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Trump has been criticized for downplaying the threat of the pandemic for weeks as the coronavirus marched across the globe and then hit the US.

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