Trump seeks to replace HHS watchdog who reported hospital shortages
May 05 2020
President Trump on Sunday predicted that a coronavirus vaccine will be ready by the end of 2020. Trump said that while he thought common ground could be found with Democrats over an infrastructure package, "we're not doing anything unless we get a payroll tax cut".
"HHS OIG has for more than 40 years held a deep commitment to serving taxpayers and the beneficiaries of HHS programs", Tesia Williams said in a statement.
The President was critical of the man he expects to challenge during this year's election, Joe Biden, for his performance as Vice President under Barack Obama.
A team of researchers at Oxford University in the United Kingdom are also working on coronavirus vaccine and they have said that their vaccine if it proves effective, could become availabe in the market by September 2020. But Dr. Anthony Fauci said in late April that it is conceivable, if a vaccine is soon developed, that it could be in wide distribution as early as January.
President Trump responds to a question during Fox News' virtual town hall about why he did not act sooner to prepare for the pandemic.
The head of Russian virology research center Vektor, Rinat Masyukov, said at the start of April that the first stage of coronavirus vaccine clinical trials in Russia would begin in June. "We are very confident that we're going to have a vaccine by the end of the year". I really don't care.
"The doctors would say 'well, you shouldn't say that.' I'll say what I think", he said. "I met with the heads of the big companies, these are great companies".
"We're going to be giving a very strong report as to exactly what we think happened".
Anxious to spur an economic recovery without risking lives, President Donald Trump on Sunday insisted that "you can satisfy both" - see some states gradually lift lockdowns while also protecting people from the coronavirus pandemic that has killed more than 60,000 Americans.
But while Trump increased his projection for the total USA death total to 80,000 or 90,000 - up by more than 20,000 fatalities from what he had suggested just a few weeks ago - he struck a note of urgency to restart the nation's economy, declaring "we have to reopen our country". He went so far as to claim without evidence that his rivals are pushing negative findings about the medication to hurt him politically. I was the only one that wanted to close it down.
"Remember, go back in time, I was saying in January and February that it would be a year to 18 months (to develop a vaccine), so January is a year, so it isn't that much from what I had originally said".
"We can't stay closed as a country, we're not going to have a country left", he said on the show, where two moderators, as well as ordinary citizens via video, put questions to him in front of the monument.
Trump commented Sunday night during a televised town hall sponsored by Fox News Channel. They don't want to see a good result.
"They do the false reports", he added. "And that's very sad".