President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and members of the #coronavirus task force meet with pharmaceutical executives in the Cabinet Room at the White House as the U.S. death toll from Covid-19 climbs to 6 people in Washington State.
President Donald Trump asked drugmakers what his administration can do to speed up the development of drugs or vaccines to treat the new coronavirus.
“We are going to be very successful,” Trump said at a White House meeting with Gilead Sciences Inc., Pfizer Inc., Moderna Inc. and other pharmaceutical and biotechnology firms. “A lot of exciting things are happening, and they’re happening very rapidly.”
Trump didn’t go into specifics on what measures the government might take to help them. Any vaccine is expected to take at least a year or a year-and- a-half to deploy.
Trump will also visit the National Institutes of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this week. The agencies are helping lead the federal response to the outbreak as well as research efforts on potential therapies.
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