Trump says coronavirus death toll may reach 100,000 in US


United States President Donald Trump on Sunday predicted that his country will have a vaccine against the coronavirus by the end of the year, an assessment that is faster than the projections laid out by his administration's public health experts.

"I say there's a bad thing that's happened....something's happened but we're going to get out of it and our country is going to be bigger, better and stronger " after it, Trump said.

Scientists around the world are now racing to develop such a vaccine but most experts expect it will only be ready for mass distribution sometime in 2021.

US President Donald Trump speaks during a Virtual Town Hall at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, 03-05-2020.

Trump insisted he would be happy for another country to beat USA researchers to the medicine, saying "if it's another country I'll take my hat off".

Exactly one week later, Trump said the overall American death toll from the coronavirus would "probably" be as low as 60,000 people.

He said he wants to bring pharmaceutical manufacturing home to the US.

"I'll take my hat off to them".

"He said I'm going to the hospital, I'll call you tomorrow". This virus started in China, and it should've been stopped long before it spread rapidly across the globe.

For weeks, Trump has blamed China for the crisis that has killed at least 67,682 people in the US.

After more than a month of being cooped up at the White House, Trump returned from a weekend at the Camp David presidential retreat in Maryland for the virtual town hall hosted by Fox News Channel.

"We can't stay closed as a country (or) we're not gonna have a country left", Donald Trump said. Returning to campus for commencement will require graduates to self-isolate for 14 days, but Trump insisted the event poses no risk to the cadets. "And now I'm saying 80,000 or 90,000".

Trump's own White House says 100,000 to 240,000 Americans will die from COVID-19.

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.

Trump on Sunday night singled out Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, also a Democrat, for criticism even as he praised the federal co-ordination with most governors.

The Senate plans to reopen on Monday, while the House remains shuttered. "There is more help coming".

Ambassador Mulhall responded on Twitter, saying there are more than 750 USA companies with investments in Ireland from where they export to the European Union and beyond, adding supply chains have remained functioning during the pandemic.

People rest and enjoy the day at Central Park while maintaining social distancing norms, during the outbreak of COVID-19 in Manhattan, New York City, U.S., May 2, 2020.

The president, though, said that it was necessarily to reopen the country, as the cratering economy has led to mass layoffs.

He is leaving it to governors to figure out state-by-state reopening plans.