Trump predicts coronavirus vaccine by end of October
President Trump holds news conference on coronavirus vaccine, when it will arrive and how it will be distributed.
what is its given the go ahead. They're doing trials, as you know, and as soon as it's given the go ahead, we will get it out. Defeat the virus. We've this area supplies so that as soon as the FDA approves the and as you know, we're very close to that, we'll be able to distribute at least 100 million vaccine doses by the end of 2020 and a large number of much sooner than that. I'm calling on Biden to stop promoting his anti vaccine theories because all they're doing is hurting the importance of what we're doing. And I know that if they were in this position to be saying how wonderful it is, they're recklessly endangering lives. You can't do that and again, case that they're only talking just started talking a little bit negatively, and that's only because they know we have it or we will soon have it. And the answer to that is very soon, the case updates. It's very interesting to see what's happening. Positivity rate is down among all age groups and has fallen below 5% for the first time since this whole nightmare of the China virus began, so it's fallen below 5%. The number of hospitalized patients has decreased by 43% from mid July 43% nationally. People sick with the China virus now make up only 1.5% of all emergency room visits. So we're down to the lowest number we've had 1.5% of emergency room visits is for the China virus. And thanks to our life therapies and treatments, I think this is the best of all in terms of it has fallen 85% since April, 85% fatality rate. If you look at what we've done and all of the lives that we've saved and I'm gonna ask that a graph we put up and now it's up, Uh, this was right at the beginning. This was our prediction. Really good job will be about 101 100,000, 240,000 deaths and well below that substantially, and we'll see what comes out. But that would be if we did the good job. They're not so good. Job was done. You'd be between 1.5 million. I remember these numbers so well in 2.2 million. That's quite a difference. So we're down in this territory on. That's despite the fact that the Blue states had had tremendous death rates. If you take the blue States, Uh huh uh, at a level. But I don't think anybody in the world would be at. We're really at a very low level. The state of the North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Uh, and a couple of others. We have to get those states open. It's hurting people. It's hurting people far more than the disease itself. So we would recommend that you open them, Let your people have freedom. And it's unfair to your people to keep you understand who the vulnerable are, primarily people with medical problems, but in particular people with medical problems that are older. So open up your states to facilitate routine testing of the nursing home residents and staff. We've delivered 18,850 certified nursing homes nationwide being facilitated in terms of testing and testing, uh, testing apparatus, everything is there. We also have new test coming, and we have one in particular that I think I showed last night, which is literally two pieces of very fine cardboard It's actually a lot of delicate things going on inside that cardboard, but it's an incredible test. It's very quick. It's very accurate and moves along rapidly. We bought millions of those tests and they're going to be distributed rapidly. So the testing process, where there's nobody in the world that has a testing process like ours in addition to being number one number two, which is India, is, uh, close to 50 million tests behind us, I believe. Got 50 million have 1.5 billion people. Tomorrow, Vice President Pence will be announcing the findings of the Nursing Home Commission to continue protecting our most vulnerable, which is our senior citizens. Jill, a Big 10 football. It's back on Guy wanna in particular. I've been dealing with him. Thank Commissioner Kevin Warren for the great job he did. We've been working with him, uh, for a while that there was a rumor being spread that I didn't want football back and was just the opposite. There was another disinformation room or put out by the Biden campaign, and it was just the opposite. But it really spurred me into action. I called the commissioner a couple of weeks ago and we started really putting a lot of pressure on frankly, because there was no reason for not to come back and Kevin went and worked very hard. I want to thank the players, the coaches for working along and they wanted it very badly. The players says, you know that their schedule, they announced the scheduled. It's gonna be great important toe have. I want to recommend that the Pac 12 also get going because there's no reason why Pac 12 shouldn't be playing now and perhaps they'll start with at least partially. I had recommended today to Kevin and others that maybe you want to start off with 25% of the stadium. Or maybe you want to start off with empty. I don't know if it's, I think they could have fans go frankly, but they wanna be careful. They wanna be safe and they will be safe. They've got a very good testing process for the players, coaches, families, etcetera and s. So I just wanna congratulate Big 10. It's gonna be great. We're gonna love watching that and again, I want to recommend Pac 12. You're the only one now open up open up. Pac 12 Get going, said the same thing. Thio, Big 10 And they did. And now I'm saying, Ah, time, you really have time right now Get going. I want to thank all of those wonderful coaches, some of whom I spoke with and we went through a process over the last a couple of weeks and I want to thank Congressman Anthony Gonzales of Ohio, who was, you know, it was a great football player. Some people know that. I know that. But Anthony was a great player. Great receiver went to the NFL also. I want to thank Tim Pataki of my staff. He worked very hard on this and he was up day and night working with Kevin and everybody else. So I want to thank Tim Pataki. Great job. So big 10 is back and it's gonna have, hopefully a great season. The census recently found that in the second quarter of 2020 Hispanic Americans, homeownership reached a record all time high. That's all time in the history of our country. Yesterday, the census reported that median income for Americans increased by an unprecedented $4400 to a record of $68,700 in 2019 income inequality fell for the second straight year. The income gap widened under the Obama Biden administration, and it widened fairly soon all right under us. And it widened under Obama income, groom or last year alone than over the entire eight years of Obama. Biden. And, uh, that's a big step action. Under any president in history, 4.2 million Americans were lifted out of poverty. The Hispanic American poverty rate reached the lowest level ever history of our country. Hispanic American poverty rate, lowest level ever. I created the greatest and fairest economy in history. The biggest gains went to lower income Americans to full strength. Very soon, we're gonna have a fantastic year next year. It's looking like that. I think you're gonna have a incredible third quarter, the numbers air looking very, very strong For the third quarter, we have numbers that we're gonna put out tomorrow. Some of the individual things car production, housing production, housing ownership. So many different things are just nobody thought possible. As we round the turn on the pandemic. The anti police crusade from the Democrats and the radical left and radical left Democrats also has to stop the left wing war on cops puts our officers in danger and our communities at very grave risk Can't do this. Biden described the police is the enemy. They're not the enemy there. The friend there are friend helping us. And if you go to, I just saw a poll, just came out or recently came out where African Americans by 84% wanted more police. They wanted safe neighborhoods in Phoenix last night, a federal officer was gunned down in a drive by shooting in L. A. This weekend, everybody saw that this horrible human being or whatever you might want to call him, Thank him. Looking all over there trying to find him, we're gonna find out we're gonna get him. But in l. A. This weekend, two sheriff's deputies were ambushed and viciously shot, and they can never be the same. They were getting better, but they can never be the same. I'll always stand by our heroes of law enforcement, and we want to stop this horrible rhetoric and stop it fast. I want to ask Scott Atlas to say a couple of words because I heard Biden talking today about hey wants to come up with a distribution plan, a district. The week with it will be announced fairly soon, but regardless of possible because of what we did with our FDA in terms of streamlining, and I wanna thank thank Dr Han. But what we've done with the streamlining has been incredible and very safely. Number one is safety number two a speed, but you could have perfect safety and have much more speed. And that's what we did. We did this for more than the vaccine having to do with the China virus. This was also for other things so many other great drugs air out there that would take 10 12 years to get them approved. We've moved those schedules up a lot, but if this were Obama Biden, this would have taken 23 years before you were at a stage where we are now at. So we're going to be personal. It's sort of funny to watch Joe Biden getting up on reading a teleprompter and saying how how he would have done this. They had a choice one n one. He calls it the n one h one. It's H one N. One. It's called the Swine flu, and it was a disaster. And as I said, the person that ran it for him said the worst things about it, I mean, just they didn't know what they were doing. They quit. They had. They had no clue. And that was easy by comparison, there's the most contagious, contagious flu or virus that anybody seen. This is unbelievable health. Contagious. It is. You found that. But I watched Biden quickly as he discussed, without having, without knowing a thing about a distribution plan. And he said that we don't have a distribution plan, but we do. Indeed, there are military. We have military, we have everybody involved. It's, uh it's a great plan on its plan like no other. And we could I believe the day that. But that same day today, state to play these air, the generals that that do logistics and all of those things, and we'll have it all over the country and then ultimately, hopefully we'll be helping the world with the vaccine, and it's very exciting. But maybe I'd ask God atlas to come up and describe a little bit about, uh that at the distribution plan in particular because Biden acted as though there was no distribution plan, that we've been working on this for months and it's ready. And Scott has really taken a whole of it and done an incredible job. And please, Scott, thank you. Okay. Thank you. Thank you, Mr President and I didn't develop the plan. I'm just relaying information here. Um, but this is a plan. That's a 57 page document every state today. And there's a different part of this that was given to Congress today. It was released by HHS. It's on the website, and in fact, I thought it was covered actually by the media, so I don't think it's a surprise, but it's a comprehensive plan. It's a public private partnership to get everything done in terms of logistics. Uh, the I T. That's necessary to trace the first dose because some of these vaccines are anticipated to be two doses. There's tailoring, of course, by the states and their specifics, and there's an administration of the vaccine plan that will be done in over 51,000 outlets, including for particular attention to minority areas. Over 14,000 federally qualified health centers And as the president just said within the 1st 24 hours of F. D. A's approval under an emergency use, we will have vaccines being delivered within the 1st 24 hours on it will be done at virtually no cost to Americans. Um, and the terms of the dosage there will be an And is it anticipated, uh, that no later than January, all the top priority people will have received the vaccine or be able to receive the vaccine. And so that kind of prioritization, which is the general prioritization done for all vaccines there developed particularly in a pandemic setting, goes to the high risk people. The people with other underlying conditions, Azaz well, as first responders and people working directly in health care. And so that's gonna be done very rapidly. Okay. Thank you. Thank you. Um, this present. Yeah. Mr. President. Earlier today, Dr Redfield confirmed that it looked like November December. The first doses would be able to be vaccine summer, maybe even early fall. Are you comfortable with that time? No. I think he made a mistake when he said that it's just incorrect information. And I called him and he didn't tell me that and I think he got the message. May be confused. Maybe it was stated incorrectly. Now we're ready to go immediately as the vaccine is announced and it could be announced in October. Could be announced a little bit after October. But once we go, we're ready. As you know, Pfizer's making this. They're taking a tremendous financial risk and there spending billions of dollars on actually making this vaccine there in a stage where they're actually making it because they feel very confident as to the results. They'll be announcing their results fairly soon, And I know he's, uh that's incorrect information. Clear way. I think so. But I don't think he means that. I don't think he when he said it, I believe he was confused. I'm just telling you were ready to go. As soon as the vaccine happens, you want to see it available? What would be a timeline? I would say that way will start distributing it immediately. Uh, general public very shortly there. I mean it really to the general public. Immediately when we go, we go. We're not looking to giving it to the general public. No, we wanna go immediately. No, it was an incorrect statement. I saw the statement, I called him. I said, What did you mean by that? And I think he just made a mistake. He just made a mistake. I think you misunderstood the question. Probably. So if you were Thio, put a timeline on when every person in America will be able to get a vaccine. What would that I think would be very soon? I think our distribution process is going to go very quickly. I told you, we've engaged the military. We have a general who's in charge of all logistics who delivers soldiers. He's fantastic. Guy. You're supposed to be fantastic at what he does, and we figured that's better than any company you're gonna hire. You can't tire a company like that and we look to, uh, do distribution immediately after we get the word that it's good. And I think they're having tremendous success with the vaccine. I think the results will be early and strong. The safety has to be 100% and we're gonna insist on that. And obviously the companies they're gonna insist on that also, the actual date January, February. What would you think a ZAY said. The high priority people will have in sometimes no later than January. I mean, of course, it depends on when things are approved in the emergency was given e finish on. Then it's anticipated there will be 700 million doses by end of Cuba, one at 700 million doses. So by the animal that's under Cuba. Do you mind if I ask you what you want? He said. That's the end of March. It's one thing to have the doses, but we've talked to a lot of yeah, and you have to socially distance. You can't have the pact lines that we saw during H one n one. You can't have packed auditoriums. You have to space it out. So that's one thing. Another thing they're worried about is storing these vaccines. And since we don't know which one is the winner, you know, doctors offices may not have dry ice to handle negative 80 degrees. So these air challenges are you prepared? Thio say that you can overcome all those in three months because a t least I've been briefed on the vaccine. Okay, so all the refrigerators that are necessary, everything is going to be in place for this. There's a very detailed logistical plan that was started months ago, and, you know, you're welcome to read it on the web, but basically, yeah, all those things are not a problem, really. I mean, if people know how to shop for groceries or going to a store or sitting in the restaurants that are open and use social distancing, I think they could do it for vaccines toe. And you also have more than one company. Either you have modern or you have others. So we could conceivably have vaccines being given out by numerous companies and the role world class companies. They're fantastic companies. That could happen also. Okay, Please go ahead. Thank you, Mr President. Are you prepared to sign off on the oracle and Ticktock deal? Even though the Treasury isn't getting paid and also does the deal meets your requirements in terms of national security, Okay. They're giving me studies in the deal has to be 100% as far as national security is concerned. And no, I'm not prepared to sign off on anything. I have to see the deal. We need security. Especially after what we've seen with respect to China and what's going on, We want security. So I'll let you know they're gonna be reporting to me tomorrow morning and I will let you know. Hey, what about the payment to the Treasury? But we're going to see about that. Amazingly, I find that you're not allowed to do that. You're not allowed to accept what I said. What kind of what kind of a thing is this? If they're willing to make big payments to the government, they're not allowed because there's no there's no way of doing that from a There's no legal path to doing that. And I'm saying, Wait a minute, they're willing to make a big payment to the government and were not allowed to take the money. When does this happen? How foolish can we bay? So we're gonna We're looking into that right now. You understand that? E. I said No. I want a big chunk of that money to go to the United States government because we may posse back to me and they say, Well, there's no way of doing that. You know why? Because nobody has ever heard of that before. Nobody's ever said that before. Nobody's ever said, Well, we'll approve the deal. But we want a lot of money to go to the government. Because by approving the deal, we're making the deal valuable. They've never heard of that before. Okay, Can you believe that, Right. Hard to believe. Yeah. Quick, follow up. Tick tock. You had said earlier that it was really important to you that a U. S company by ticktock, according to the proposal submitted by by dance by dance, would keep a majority stake in Oracle would have a minority. We're gonna find out about that. We're looking into that from the standpoint of bite dance. We don't like that. I've been just conceptually, I can tell you, I don't like that. Uh, that has not been told to me yet, but hasn't been told to me it could be very accurate reporting for a change. So if that's the case, I'm not gonna be happy with that. Assuming that bite dances China, which I think it probably is. Yeah. Yeah. In the background. Thanks is present. Bill Bard told prosecutors that he wants to charge violent demonstrators with sedition. And you told Judge Janine that if there's demonstrations on election night. We'll put them down very quickly. If they do that. Look, it's called the Insurrection. So I'm wondering why you want to use that kind of rhetoric. We will put it down. Very, very American public wants to see that. Yeah. Oh, endless. Oh, yeah, it If there's any kind of demonstration or violence, there will be nothing that interferes with this project product. This this vote, there's gonna be nothing. The biggest problem we have right now are the ballots. Millions of ballots going out. That's the biggest problem. When you talk about other countries, whether it's China, Russia, many get mentioned, they're in a much better position with these paper is, uh, governors from opposing parties, controlling ballots, millions of ballots. To me, that's a much bigger threat than foreign countries because much of the stuff coming out about foreign countries turned out to be untrue. What is what is true is that many elections have taken place over the last year and a half. Using this ballot system, they've been on all easy to control elections. There's and it's not even requested. We're not talking about it solicited. They're unsolicited ballots and they're sent in is very dangerous for our country. And, you know, who knows that better than anybody? The Democrats look at what happened in Manhattan where they had this kind of an election and it was so fraudulent that it should never have been allowed to be called. We could have 5 10 15 20% off. We could have more than that. The ballots will be stolen. Who knows where they're going, Who knows where they're coming from. It's not just the counting of the ballots, which, by the way, which will take forever. It'll take forever. You think November 3rd you might not have. I guess at a certain point it goes to Congress. You know, at a certain point that goes to Congress, you know that this is a disgrace. This is being done on purpose. They know it's no good. They know it. Z going to be fraudulent is gonna be fraud all over the place. Who's getting the ballots? Who's sending the balance? Need a verified signature? This is a serious threat to our democracy, and the Democrats know that. Well, we're asking if you solicit the ballot, you go through a process. You ask for a ballot because you can't be there for a large number of reasons for whatever I'm doing it myself. I won't be able to be in Florida. You solicit and they send it back. You do it and you send it back. That's a process that you go through and it's pretty secure. Used the word pretty secure. I guess nothing's foolproof, but what's pretty close to what the most foolproof thing the thing that really, uh, works is you go to the ballot box, it's gonna be very safe. I think by that time, covert will be even lower. It's gonna be very low. It's gonna be a very safe process. We did it during World War One. We did it during World War Two. The biggest threat to this election is thes unsolicited ballots sent out by the million's controlled by governors like in Nevada, who is a political person, very political, but far beyond being governor, where they try to stop you from making a speech unsuccessfully. But we had to move around a lot, had to move quickly. So the same guy that tried to stop you from making free speech outside outside, not inside outside. They forced us inside because of what they did. But outside this is the guy that's controlling ballots. Then you look at Pennsylvania, you look at other places. It is a big threat. And as far as China is concerned in Russia and they say North Korea, they say Iran, they say places who knows? Who knows, But they say all these different places, they can make forgeries of these ballots. They can do things that will blow your mind. And the Democrats know it's wrong. They know it's gonna end up being a disaster. Just take a look at what's happened. Take a look at what's happened over the last year with the same kind of thing, except in a very small setting, with very few ballots going out. So that's much easier. Not 53 to 80 million, going out a very small number. Fraud like you've never seen missing ballots, ballots that never showed up balance with bad signatures, ballots with no signatures. And in the case of Nevada, they don't even want verification of the signature. It's a disgrace now. The hope for our nation is it's before judges in Pennsylvania's before judges in Nevada before judges and other places is before federal judges. And hopefully they'll do what they did the other day in Pennsylvania, where we had a great victory. Open up your state. It's unconstitutional to close it because what they were doing is closing it, and they're closing it for political reasons. It'll open on November 4th. It'll open up right after the election, but they want people to. They want our numbers to be as bad as possible. But the problem so good, with or without? Very, whether with that, but we had a big legal victory. As you know, three days ago, a federal judge told them to open up their state. It's unconstitutional what you're doing. That's in the case of Pennsylvania. Now the big cases are going to be. The case is on these unsolicited ballots, and we'll see what happens. Oh, and place a scythe. Chinese Communist Party has been using slave later in Xinjiang. Your administration has imposed a limited ban on certain products coming out of Xinjiang, stopping short of a full region band. What is your response to the Chinese Communist Party's spokespeople, who are saying that this is an outright lie? she does not have forced labor, and number two have allies expressed interest in standing with this administration in taking action against Forced Labor way. Don't want to see that We've been very strong on that. We're getting reports, and over the next 23 days we'll know very accurately what the story is and will then take action when e just want to ask you about the WTO's recent ruling against the United States over 200 billion and tariffs on China should the US remain part of the WTO's? Well, I have real questions about it. Look, the US We just want a $7.5 billion lawsuit, which nobody used to sue before I came along, you know, or they used to lose them every single time. Now they haven't been losing them, But we're getting reports on the W T o. It's, uh, it's, uh, not good. Never been good to us. The W T. O, as's faras, I'm concerned, was created to suck money and jobs out of the United Trade Organization has been not good for the United States. It's been good for everybody else, but it's not been good. It was a method, in my opinion, of taking advantage of the United States. So we're looking into what happened and we'll we'll get back to you. E said. He spoke with Dr Redfield earlier, and you said that he made a mistake. I think he made a mistake. We didn't. I didn't go into turning great there. I was surprised to hear it doesn't really matter. Here's what does matter. We're all set to distribute immediately. As soon as that vaccine comes out that safe and good and works, whether it's Pfizer, Johnson and Johnson or anybody else, we are ready to distribute it very rapidly, a Scott said. And as our team knows and they're ready and that could be on, it could be in October, sometime in October or November. I don't think it's gonna be much later than that, but I think it could be some time in October. We're ready to move and it will be a very full distribution. You'll have the call. You said that you told him that he had made a mistake. What was his response? So I didn't tell him anything. I said what happened, and I got the impression that he didn't realize, he said what he might have said. I didn't see him say, But if that's what he said, it's a mistake because he is so ready. We're ready to distribute immediately to a country and then beyond because we will help is also but we're ready to distribute immediately. But the timeline that he gave saying that it would be ready for the general public until the middle of next year sounds very like the one that you kind of just offered. No, no, I said that there'll be 700 million doses by end of 21 and everyone in high risk will have it something no later than January. Yeah, he was talking about the general public way are focused talking about As you know, Caitlyn, we're focused on high risk. But we're gonna focus also on general public very much. But we are. Our immediate aim is elderly people and especially elderly people with heart diabetes problems. But we will have it. This is we're not looking at a small, uh, distribution broker looking at this. The United States within immediate focus of the elderly now, uh, under no circumstance will it be as late as the doctor said, But I think that frankly, if he analyzes, you know, they hit him with that question. He said that we are ready at a much faster level than what he said. We will have rapid distribution, were set up, our military and others air set up to do it. And we think it could even start taking place in October, but certainly during November. December would be the latest because based on what we're hearing, results are based on what I'm hearing. Results are very good, so we'll see what happens. You told Bob Woodward the problem with the vaccine is a vaccine will take 13 to 14 months once you have it because you have to test the vaccine. So do you wanna clear what I was? What I was saying to him? No, that was a long time ago when I said that I didn't. We weren't set up at that time. Well, how many months ago when was the statement made? You know, his book is sort of a very rapidly because it was very boring. I read it, and if you see what I said, I said a lot of really good things. I mean, for the most part, people like Thio turn it around. But I said really good things in that book and as an example, he doesn't cover. I told him what we're doing in the Middle East, and we're doing it in an entirely different way, and that's not covered in his book. The whole thing is I will say, and I respect the press for this one, which was interesting almost universally. We've been praised for the deal that we made yesterday with Israel and with two very important countries in the Middle East and you a in particular where that it's a very powerful group. It's a warrior country. It's led by a great warrior and a man who is highly respected. And if you take a look at what that in Bahrain and Israel making a deal and I will tell you we have at least four or five others that want to come in, they would have come in yesterday. I talked to he was shot. Nobody was killed who killed hundreds of thousands of people in the Middle East. It's all it's been, E. I always say it Z It's the bloodiest sand anywhere and world, and it didn't have to be that way. The single worst decision our country ever made was to go into the Middle East. Not only the millions of people killed and I include people on both sides. You know, some people say, Oh, you shouldn't say that. I said, I'll say it on both sides. Such a horrible thing was done. Such a horrible mistake was made. We're doing this a different way. So we have those two countries. We have at least five that we're negotiating with right now. And you know, you can only negotiate with so many. I think they're all going to come in. I think ultimately the Palestinians, they're gonna come in. These were all the people that are funding them. You know, I stopped funding the Palestinians, Yeah, giving them $750 million a year, and they're saying all bad things about our country. So I stopped funding them very early on, but they get funded by other very rich countries. To them, it's like a speck. It's nothing, but they get funded. And But I think now that these countries, these very rich countries, are part of the deal and they're gonna you'll see over the next fairly short period of time. Other countries will come in. I think Saudi Arabia ultimately will come into. I think getting Saudi Arabia will be great. But I think Saudi Arabia, that's my feeling. It's not based on knowledge other than a couple of conversations I had with the King but Saudi Arabia. I think we'll be coming into and you'll end up with peace in the Middle East and nobody thought it could be done, and nobody thought it could be done this way. I went to some very smart people. I went to some people in the Middle East and they said, You'll never be able to do it. It's not possible to make peace. Well, now that what do you ever thought of doing this? They all thought you make the deal first with the Palestinians. It had to be that way, and I will say the resistance was Some countries didn't want to do it unless the power, their first, just a psychological thing more than anything else. But they were wrong. Those kind of people, our, uh, great representatives that have been doing this for 35 years that were telling me how to do it. But they all failed. They were in Clinton's administration. They were in Bush. They were in, uh, Obama, All these great brilliant people. They're all telling me how to do it. And I said they're wrong And I guess I was right. And when you see, let me tell you Well, let's talk. Finish this when you see the countries that will be coming a very short period of time, not talking in a long period of time. All of the countries that will be coming in just like you saw Bahrain yesterday and you and I can think of. I mean, at least five that are gonna be quick and easy. Others will be quick and easy. Also, once the five comes, come in. So you're gonna have something. You're gonna peace in the Middle East and we want to get out. You know, we want our soldiers are largely coming home. I said that the endless wars, the ridiculous endless wars on I will say this if Iran nuclear deal that horrible, stupid deal where President Obama paid $150 billion for nothing and gave 1.8 billion dollars in cash. 1.8 billion. You know, that is 1.8 billion in cash. That's more impressive than 150 billion paid normally. But he gave all this money, all of this. All of these chips that we had, we had these chips and he gave them all away, and we got nothing. And, you know, it was a short term deal. It would be practically expiring. Now, we practically it starts to expire, actually, right now, But it would practically back. And there is no way we will let Iran have a nuclear weapon. Just remember that there's no way that you never just let about this, but do you want to reverse what you told Woodward about 13 to 14 month timeline for a vaccine? Well, the vaccine at the time, I thought it might take that period of time, but we've stepped it up very substantially. And now I mean, I'm telling you, this is just what it is. We've been able to step it up very, very rapidly. I never thought we could have a vaccine as quickly as we did, but I freed it up I freed up the FDA. Dr Hans done a great job and they're ready to approve something when they come in. And the other thing that's happening that's very different, is you look at a company like fires, a great company, really one of the great companies of the world, Johnson and Johnson. They're all great. Cos they're doing a lot of testing at a very rapid rate that nobody's ever seen anything like it. You know, they're out in third there in the third level of trial, and I think that you're going to see things that are amazing. When I made statements like that, that's an old statement. When I made statements like that, I had no idea that only because of what I've done with the FDA and other things can we come up with numbers like that. We're lucky that we don't have to, because that was considered fast. If this were a an administration from the past and I think I could say far beyond Obama, it was other administrations. Also, you wouldn't have a vaccine for 2.5 3 years and we're gonna have a vaccine within. At most, a couple of months. Okay, Mr. President, if I could ask you about coronavirus relief, do you support the problem solvers Caucus proposal that was put forward? Are you comfortable with something like this for something like that? Yeah, I like the larger amount. I've said that some of the Republicans disagree, but I think I can convince him. Thio, go along with that because I like the larger number. I want to see people get money. I want to see. It wasn't their fault that this happened. It was China's fault. You know, people say, Well, maybe you shouldn't say that. That's not nice. It was China's fault, so I'd like to see the larger see it. There's some things I disagree with, but I'm sure they could be negotiating now. I heard Nancy Pelosi said she doesn't want to leave until we have an agreement. She's come a long way. That's great. If she said that she's come a long way, I agree with her. We should have an agreement. People should be helped and they should be helped as rapidly as possible. And I think it's going to happen. I think it's very important. So the problem solvers came up with. It's a group of people in Congress. As you know, you know them all. I know them all. They're very good people. I guess you'd consider him dead center, but in many cases, they're not left, Right? But they came up with this idea and I think they're well on their way to suggesting some pretty good things. Yeah, e agree with a lot of it in terms of things that you don't agree. Are you comfortable with 500? I think the things I don't agree, we can probably negotiate. But I think we've made some progress over the last week, and I think it was positive that they came out with that report. Would you endorse that proposal? Not that a proposal, but we're getting closer. We're getting closer. I do like a lot of money getting sent to people that really were really were hurt unnecessarily by China because they could have stopped it. They stopped it from going into their country. They could have stopped it from coming to our country and from going to Europe and from going to the rest of the world. 188 different countries from all over the world, please. President, Director of CDC. All that a mask, in his estimation, is there is guaranteed to protect the American public mawr from the coronavirus that a vaccine you have as detailed poured a lot of resource into a vaccine development. Why not devote your masks? Why not devote your energy now to a campaign to have all Americans wear a mask? Something that if, if more effective than a vaccine, it would also help schools. Okay, Number one is not more effective by any means that a vaccine. And I called him about that. Those were the two things I discussed with him, and I believe that if you ask him, he would probably say that he didn't understand the question because I said to my asking those two questions The one question which we covered in the mass question and I was inaccurately covered because I was on with George last night. George Stephanopoulos and I enjoyed it. I think people enjoyed it. I got a lot of people said very good things about the show. I hope they did well, but they said a lot of good things about the show, but they always cut my sentences off, you know, they cut it off. Met problems to when I talked about the masks have to be handled very gently. Very carefully. Uh, I see that in restaurants there, people with masks and they're playing around with their mask and they have it, their fingers air in their mask and then they're serving with plates. I mean, I think there's a lot of problems with masks. No vaccine is much more effective than the masks. And if we get the vaccine, we have, uh, added to the fact that our numbers are going way down. You know, you see the numbers. I'm just reading your statistics that are from wherever they get them. But they're very highly, uh, qualified statistics. But no, the mask is not as important as the vaccine. The mask, perhaps helps. Don't forget. A lot of people didn't like the concept of initially. Dr Fauci didn't like him, and a lot of people didn't. And I'm not not understand both sides of the argument. But when I called up, uh, Robert today I said to him, What's with the mask? He said, I think I answered that question incorrectly. I think maybe he misunderstood both of them. But the answer to the one is it's gonna be a much faster distribution than he said. Maybe he's not aware of the distribution process. It's not really his thing as much as mine but the distribution. But if you do the good if if it worked out well now look, one death is too much. One death is too much. It had never happened. But the lower level 240,000 between 100 something and 240,000 as faras the mask is concerned. He made a mistake put on the masks that perhaps they are part of the role for the decrease in cases because they are effective, as you just said. So I didn't know they may be effective and I wear them when I'm in the hospital or what I'm in setting with a lot of questions. Why not? We're often I have. The White House staff were more often to set an example for the country. Well, I'm tested and I'm sometimes surprised when I see somebody sitting and like with Joe I Joe feels very safe in a mask. I don't know. Maybe he doesn't want to expose his face. I don't know what's going on here, way nowhere near people. There'll be nobody with him. He doesn't draw any crowds. So have circles. These big circles. There'll be way far away. There's no reason for him to have masks on. We get tested. I'm tested. I have people tested. When people come into the Oval Office, it's like a big deal number. Maybe if I wasn't in that position, I'd be wearing it more. But I've worn masks and like to wear them when I'm in hospital. Not for me. So much is for other people. Okay, thanks E r. Doctor outlets You mentioned minorities would be the first focus of the distribution that exactly when it's being distributed specifically minorities way minorities and senior citizens. But can you talk us through a bit more on the focus on distributing to minorities and how that would work then for you, Mr President, you mentioned the drop in the poverty rate. Specifically, we noticed just the news that the poverty for African Americans hit historic lows, that the household wealth, uh, increased historically for African Americans. What was driving that increase? Unemployment spiking what would be your plan for the e go first because your question. I appreciate your question. And, you know, we've had a tremendous drop in poverty for all people in our nation, but in particular for African Americans. And that statistic came in. And it's because the African American community, the black community, has had the lowest, the best employment numbers that we've ever had, both employment and unemployment, depending on how you want to define it. But we've had the best employment numbers we've ever had. Now, at the greatest employment in the country ever almost 160 million people. We've never been close to that number. But we were just six months ago. And, yeah, the I'm very proud of the numbers African Americans, Hispanic Americans. They had the best numbers they've ever had by far both employment and unemployment, depending on definition. Thank you very much for that question, Scott. You wanna answer? That s so when I clarify said that first prioritization is the high risk people and 1000 outlets for distribution for vaccination. And there's over 14,000 federally qualified health centers that are particularly targeted to minority and low income areas. so that that's a focus I wanna point out to. Other things were also prioritizing testing historically black colleges and universities. We're in the process of getting that finalized because we know that there's high higher morbidity with certain ethnic groups. And the last thing I would say is it's particularly heinous and egregious abuse of the media to instill fear into people about taking a vaccine. Because there is no shortcut here. Everything is safe, everything is effective. And for people who have particularly an influence on minority communities, to include fear and doubt is a particularly outrageous abuse of leadership. These are people that have higher risks. And so I implore, Everyone is a high risk category that when we get a safe, effective vaccine, they should take the vaccine. I will say this is a phenomenon that only happened when they realized that we may very well have the vaccine prior to a certain, very important date, namely November 3rd. Once they heard that the Democrats started just to show you how bad the intention is, they started knocking. The vaccine had nothing to do with the vaccine. It was totally made up. It's all this information just like they put an ad in about football, just like they put with respect to me. I'm the one that got football back and I was always against them going out. It was ridiculous that Big 10 and now hopefully Pac 10 goes back. And I say that just like even worse, they put out a totally fake ad, totally made up stories, a made up story by a third rate magazine. Where the head guy, I guess, the head person. I have no idea who he is. I don't know him, but he's friends with Obama and Clinton. So they made up this horrible story and then they did adds, Well, they made up this story too simple. They started knocking the vaccine as soon as they heard that this actually may come out prior to election. Now it may or may not, but it will be within a matter of weeks. It will be within a matter of weeks from November. It's ready to go and it's ready for massive distribution to everybody with the focus again on seniors. And I will say also the historically black colleges and universities, Uh, we are doing at my suggestion because they have had a difficult problem there. We are doing more testing there and finer testing. We have our our great apparatus there. But when you look at what we've done on testing in terms of the technology and the amount, it's been really amazing. In fact, I think we're gonna crack 100 million tests very soon. In the very near future, we're gonna be cracking 100 million tests Now, what that does do is it shows up more cases. If we didn't test, we wouldn't have. Would have. No, it's other countries. They don't test, they don't have cases. And then they say, Oh, the United States. Well, uh, but we're proud of it because it shows where there may be a problem and it helps people. But we're doing tremendous testing at the colleges and universities. That was a suggestion I made. And I think it's a good I think it's a good suggestion. Yeah, please go. The core of Vice President Biden's argument is that you don't trust the scientists. You don't listen to them. And here up on the podium today, you're twice contradicting the director of your own C D. C. On the science who testified before Congress today. He's contradicting yourself. E think he misunderstood the question. Well, he was testifying. You know what I think? I think he misunderstood. I told you I don't have to go through this. I think he misunderstood the questions. But I'm telling you, here's the bottom line. Distribution is going to be very rapid. He may not know that. Maybe he's not aware of that. And maybe he's not dealing with the military. Etcetera, like IDEO distribution is going to be very rapid, and the vaccine is going to be very powerful. It's going to solve a tremendous problem. It's gonna be very powerful. The American people trust you on the panda. Cbc. Yeah, because of all of the incredible work we've done for governors who are on every call saying This is incredible. This is great. This is great. Sometimes they're not quite as friendly at a news conference when you have people covering it, but we have done a phenomenal job when co vid 19 as they like to call it, I call it other things, but we have done a phenomenal job. I get calls from other people in other countries they can't believe the job we've done, and then they'll say, Is there any way that you could get us ventilators? I say, How Maney do you need 1000 ventilators? I said, we'll be able to take care of it. We're making thousands complex for expensive, very difficult thing to make. We're making thousands a month. The cupboard was bare when I got here, and I will tell you our distribution is going to be very rapid and very it's gonna be all encompassing. We are gonna have a focus on certain groups that have problems, senior citizens, etcetera. But it's a very powerful. It's gonna be a very powerful distribution. It cover him rapidly. I don't know whether or not the doctor knows that how much he covers. But I called him because I said, Why did you say that long? He wasn't that aware of it, and the other one was the mask. The vaccine is going to have this power. It's going to be extremely strong. It's going to be extremely successful. We're not gonna have a problem and the mask may help, and I hope it helps, and I think it probably does. But again, the mask is a mixed bag. There are some people professionals, Scott. You would know a lot of them. But there's some people that don't like the mask because of the touchiness and the touching. And then you're touching everything else problems. So anyway, go ahead in the booth E. Oh, well, he gave you some answers. Hey, sort of, I think maybe misunderstood a question, but we're beyond that now. We're really in final stages off. Vaccines were getting ready to go phase one on distribution, and I think it might come out even sooner than you think. I think the vaccine is gonna be even better than people thought. Originally, I think people are gonna be the sixth, a tremendous success. And we're fighting a very powerful party with a poor candidate, in my opinion. But we're fighting a very, very powerful party and their partners with the media and because they're working together very closely and they only started hitting on the vaccine. When they vaccine, they only Wow, this is amazing. They may have it even before the election. All of a sudden, they didn't like the vaccine so much. E. Thank you so much, Mr president. Were you informed about positive coronavirus cases? E cannot hear you where you inform about coronavirus cases. Positive cases in the White House today. About today? Yes. On your status under staff? Yeah. Se e about staff. E heard about it this morning. At a very small level. Yes. I heard about it this week. I don't know. We can have a report to you if you feel it's necessary, But it's a small It's last night. I heard about it for the first time. And it's a small number of cases. Maybe it's not even cases, do you? Do you have any idea if there's Yes, We're not going to confirm the identities of Yeah, that's okay. Yes, but it did not affect the event. And it's not anybody that was near me. From what I heard. A very small number. I think you could probably give the number out later on when you find out what it might be. One person. It was one person. Okay? It was one person that s so not too much. Not a person that I was associated with. Thank you very much, everybody. Thank you. Thank you. E already ability on the Corona Bar. Mhm. Okay. Yeah, Yeah, right. Yeah, I'll see you next week talking about Yeah. I mean, there's no question about it. Obviously, as you saw for the last hour, the vaccine and the promise of it and when it might be available for whom it might be available was a big topic of conversation. But one of the other things that President Trump addressed right at the top, where complaints among Republicans that Joe Biden and Kamala Harris to try to do whatever they can doubt on any coronavirus vaccine that is approved before the election.