On Sunday, US President Donald Trump predicted nearly 100,000 Americans may die in the coronavirus pandemic. He also expressed his confidence that a vaccine would be developed by the year’s end. Presently, the US is the worst affected country which has recorded more than 1.1 million in the United States and killed more than 67,000 Americans.
“We’re going to lose anywhere from 75, 80 to 100,000 people. That’s a horrible thing,” said Trump. The US President has always blamed China, for the pandemic, where the virus first erupted. On Friday, he talked about less than 100,000 Americans deaths and earlier the week he discussed about 60,000 to 70,000 deaths.
“I think we’re going to have a vaccine by the end of the year. The doctors would say, well you shouldn’t say that,” Trump said. However, this claim of Trump has been opposed by several top disease experts in the country who claimed that a vaccine is likely a year to 18 months away.
Trump said that he wanted to reopen the schools and colleges in the autumn but acknowledged the chances of resurgence of the disease.
“We’ll put out the embers, we’ll put out whatever it may be. We may have to put out a fire,” he said.
Congress has already passed nearly $3 trillion to ease the heavy economic crisis and Trump said the fund fund could rise to $6 trillion. Democrats are eager to provide a sizable rescue package for state and local governments as part of a broader bill but Republicans oppose it saying it is unreasonably expensive.
“We will be doing infrastructure and I told Steve (Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin) just today we are not doing anything unless we get a payroll tax cut,” Trump said. Trump accused China of making a “horrible mistake” without saying precisely what this was and claimed of making a serious investigation. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo claimed the coronavirus had emerged from a Chinese laboratory and said there was “a significant amount of evidence”.