Donald Trump says a coronavirus vaccine should be available for the entire US by April

It comes as the US posts record numbers of new coronavirus cases.

US President Donald Trump speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House, Friday, Nov. 13, 2020, in Washington

US President Donald Trump speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House, Friday, Nov. 13, 2020, in Washington Source: AP

US President Donald Trump expects a coronavirus vaccine to be available for the entire population as soon as April, amid a crush of new infections of the deadly disease that has pushed daily case counts to record highs.

In his first public remarks in over a week following his election loss to Democratic challenger Joe Biden, Mr Trump also said on Friday he expected an emergency use authorisation for Pzifer's vaccine "extremely soon".

He ended the press conference without taking questions from reporters.

Pfizer has said it expects to report required safety data next week and can then apply for an emergency use authorisation.

Mr Trump's remarks came after he received an update on 'Operation Warp Speed,' an administration effort to turbocharge development of a vaccine.

Criticism of the administration's response to the virus, which has killed more than 235,000 Americans, became a rallying cry for Democrats ahead of the 3 November election.

Mr Trump also appeared to acknowledge for the first time the possibility of an upcoming Biden administration, though he stopped short of conceding the race and did not mention his Democratic rival by name.

Since the election, Mr Trump has persisted with unfounded accusations of widespread voting fraud. But while he has continued to make such claims on Twitter, he did not repeat them in his public remarks on Friday.

The last time Mr Trump spoke - in the White House briefing room two days after the election - he said without evidence that if "legal" votes were counted he would "easily win" the election.

Mr Biden solidified his victory over Mr Trump on Friday after the state of Georgia went his way, leaving Mr Trump little hope of reversing the outcome through legal challenges and recounts.

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Published 14 November 2020 at 9:04am