"Vaccine or no vaccine, we're back" says Donald Trump
Meanwhile, Barack Obama has criticised America's response to coronavirus.
President Donald Trump says the US will reopen "vaccine or no vaccine", as he discussed a project he is referring to as Operation Warp Speed.
Speaking on Saturday, he said: "I just want to make something clear. It’s very important.
"Vaccine or no vaccine, we’re back 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."
Trump made this speech as he announced an objective to deliver a coronavirus vaccine by year end.
President Trump announces the two leaders of “Operation Warp Speed” to develop a coronavirus vaccine:
● Moncef Slaoui, former head of pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline’s vaccines division
● Army Materiel Command Gen. Gustave Perna on logistics https://t.co/U6pGht200i pic.twitter.com/a6n7JdHGru
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) May 15, 2020
Most experts say that it is very unlikely for a vaccine to be available by the end of the year, with 2021 seemingly being a far more realistic goal.
Meanwhile, Barack Obama has criticised America's response to the Covid-19 crisis, describing it as "an absolute chaotic disaster".
He continued: "More than anything this pandemic has fully, finally torn back the curtain on the idea that so many of the folks in charge know what they're doing. A lot of them aren't even pretending to be in charge."
The current US death toll is 86,000, with 1.4m confirmed cases, according to Johns Hopkins University.