White House launches push for vaccine and national stockpile as Trump continues to urge states to reopen their economies
President Donald Trump unveiled a crash effort aimed at developing a coronavirus vaccine by the end of the year but said the country would return to normal with or without one.
"I just want to make something clear, it's very important. Vaccine or no vaccine, we're back" Trump said during a midday event in the Rose Garden. "And we're starting a process."
The formal announcement of "Operation Warp Speed" came as researchers around the world scramble to develop a vaccine for the virus that has killed more than 300,000 people globally.
CNN's Jim Acosta reports.
#Covid-19 As states continued to reopen, President Donald Trump proclaimed, "I just want to make something clear, it's very important. Vaccine or no vaccine, we're back and we're starting the process." At the same time, the United States' coronavirus death toll continues to rise, with different regions across the nation experiencing different curves. President Trump: "Vaccine or no vaccine, we're back." The president last week weighed in the 'tiny percentage' of Americans getting the coronavirus. Trump's remarks come as the country now has over 90,000 deaths. The panel discusses.