Thursday, May 14, 2020

President Trump, the optimist

Is this what president Trump’s scientific advisers are telling him?   Or he misunderstood them?

 Q    So — but how important do you believe a vaccine is to getting out of this?  And what do you say to those that — you know, this growing anti-vaccine —

THE PRESIDENT:  Well, I feel about vaccines like I feel about tests.  This is going to go away without a vaccine.  It’s going to go away, and it’s — we’re not going to see it again, hopefully, after a period of time.  You may have some — some flare-ups and I guess, you know, I would expect that.  Sometime in the fall, you’ll have flare-ups maybe.  Maybe not.  But according to what a lot of people say, you probably will.  We’ll be able to put them out.  You may have some flare-ups next year, but eventually, it’s going to be gone.  I mean, it’s going to be gone.

You know, there are some viruses and flus that came, and they went for a vaccine, they never found the vaccine, and they’ve disappeared.  They’ve never shown up again.  They got — they die too, like everything else.  They die too.

And so, whether we do or not, I think great progress is being made by Johnson & Johnson, by Oxford, and some others — NYU, I see, is very advanced.  But if you don’t get it, this is going to go away at some point.

Q    Mr. President, what evidence have you seen that this is going to go away without a vaccine?

THE PRESIDENT:  I just rely on what doctors say.  They say it’s going to go — that doesn’t mean this year, it doesn’t mean it’s going to be gone, frankly, by the fall or after the fall.  But eventually, it’s going to go away.  The question is will we need a vaccine?  At some point, it will probably go away by itself.  If we had a vaccine, that would be very helpful.  I’d be very happy to have a vaccine.