The Sun : Trump mobilizes team to produce virus vaccine ‘by end of this year’ & suggests New York will ‘probably get first dibs’

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DONALD Trump has unveiled his "Operation Warp Speed" team who will push to deliver a coronavirus vaccine by this year.

The president broke the news during a COVID-19 briefing in the White House Rose Garden on Friday.

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Trump announced the team on Friday[/caption]

Surrounded by members of the coronavirus task force, the president said: "We're looking to get it by the end of the year if we can, maybe before."
"[I] think we're going to have some very good results, very quickly," he added.
The president also added that the team have been working "24 hours a day" to find a coronavirus vaccine.
Trump revealed that Dr Moncef Slaoui, the ex-head of GlaxoSmithKline's vaccines division, and Gustave Perna, a four-star Army General, will lead "Operation Warp Speed."

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Gustave Perna will be chief operating officer[/caption]

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Dr Moncef Slaoui will be the team's chief scientist[/caption]

Slaoui will act as the team's chief scientist, while Perna will serve as the chief operating officer.

Speaking of the "historic partnership", the president said: "It's great to have you on board."
The team will help to meet the president's prediction that there will be a coronavirus vaccine by the end of the year.

"I think we're going to have a vaccine by the end of the year, and I think distribution will take place almost simultaneously because we've geared up the military," he said on Thursday afternoon.
Trump hopes that by using Operation Warp Speed, a coronavirus vaccine will be developed sooner than the 12-18 month timeframe.

The president also suggested that states such as New York and New Jersey will have "first dibs" on a vaccine once it's created.

When asked by a reporter if the hardest hit states would have priority over others, the president replied: "I think that would make sense.

"I would say probably, but I think they're all going to get well distributed."

Trump hopes that by using Operation Warp Speed, a coronavirus vaccine will be developed sooner than the 12-18 month timeframe.
"I hope we're going to have a vaccine, and we're going to fast-track it like you've never seen before, if we come up with a vaccine," the president said last month.
However, on Friday Trump told journalists: "I want to make one thing clear. It's very important. Vaccine or no vaccine, we're back."



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