US willing to work with anyone, including China, if it develops COVID vaccine first: Trump

Srinagar: United States President Donald Trump on Wednesday said that his administration is willing to work with anybody, including China if they are the first to produce a successful COVID vaccine.

“We are willing to work with anybody that’s going to get us a good result,” a report by a Delhi based news agency ANI quoted Trump saying while replying to a question that whether he would be ready to work with China if it were first to develop a vaccine.

Trump noted that progress is being made in the United States regarding COVID therapeutics and vaccine development. “We’re doing very well with vaccine development and therapeutic development,” the report quoted him further saying.

The 45th and current president of the US also said a potential vaccine is going to arrive much sooner than expected and become available immediately as the US military will assist in distributing it.

The novel coronavirus pandemic started in China last December in the city of Wuhan in Hubei Province.

The US has criticized China for initially hiding the extent of the spread of the virus. Trump has claimed that China’s influence in the World Health Organisation allowed the novel coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan to morph into a global pandemic when the disease should have been contained within China.

As the COVID outbreak continues to grapple countries across the world, US president has warned that the “nasty horrible’” virus will get worse in the US before it gets better.

According to the data published by John Hopkins, 14,845,978 people have been confirmed of COVID globally. 615,364 people have succumbed to the virus with the US recording the maximum number of deaths.

On Tuesday, the country reported more than 1,000 new fatalities, in the first time since June 10. More than 140,000 Americans have lost their lives in just five months in the US due to COVID.


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