‘We’re Starting Now’: Trump Mobilizing Military To Give COVID-19 Vaccine

President Trump told Fox Business’ Maria Bartiromo that he is already gearing up the military to hand out a coronavirus vaccine once his administration develops one.

Planning ahead, Trump explained he was getting the infrastructure in place for when a new team he formed, dubbed “Operation Warp Speed,” develops a vaccine so he can quickly distribute it.

As CBS News reports, the president explained the vaccine would first be distributed to nursing homes, the elderly, and the most vulnerable before it is made available to the rest of the public.

“We’re mobilizing our military and other forces but we’re mobilizing our military on the basis that we do have a vaccine. You know, it’s a massive job to give this vaccine. Our military is now being mobilized so at the end of the year we’re going to be able to give it to a lot of people very, very rapidly,” Trump said during the interview.

“We will have a tremendous force because assuming we get it, then you have to distribute it,” he continued per CBS News. “And unless you’re mobilized and ready, you’re not going to be able to do it for a long time. So we’re starting now.”

Trump compared the possibility of developing a coronavirus vaccine and distributing to the country as “an endeavor unlike anything our country has seen since the Manhattan Project.”

But, nonetheless, he was committing to use every tool at his disposal to reach this goal.

“Another essential pillar of our strategy to keep America open is the development of effective treatments and vaccines as quickly as possible,” Trump said via Fox News. “I want to see if we can do that very quickly.”

“When I say ‘quickly,’ we’re looking to get it by the end of the year if we can. Maybe before,” he announced. “This is “No one has seen anything like we’re doing now within our country since the second world war. Incredible.”

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Should a vaccine not be available by the end of the year, Trump said on Friday that the country would continue to reopen.

“I just want to make something clear. It’s very important, vaccine or no vaccine, we’re back,” Trump said in the Rose Garden.

He added: “And we’re starting the process and in many cases, they don’t have vaccines and a virus or a flu comes and you fight through it.”

“We’re getting ready so that when we get the good word that we have the vaccine, we have the formula, we have what we need, we’re ready to go as opposed to taking years to gear up,” Trump continued.

“It’s risky, it’s expensive, but we will be saving massive amounts of time. We will be saving years if we do this properly,” he said.