President Trump unveils new vaccine effort ‘Operation Warp Speed’

President Donald Trump speaks about the coronavirus in the Rose Garden of the White House, Friday, May 15, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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UPDATED 1:30 PM PT — Friday, May 15, 2020

President Trump recently delivered remarks on ‘Operation Warp Speed,’ the new White House initiative to speed up work on a viable COVID-19 vaccine. On Friday, the president announced “tremendous strides are being made” in development of vaccines and medications against the disease.

The president also praised General Gustave Perna of the U.S. Army Materiel Command and pharmaceutical executive Moncef Slaoui, who have been tapped to run the initiative.

“I am really confident that our team across the many government agencies that are involved in this effort,…with the support of the army and our partners in the private sector, we’ll be able and do the utmost to deliver these objectives,” stated Slaoui.

As a result of the initiative, they are hoping to see a viable vaccine by the end of the year.

“I also feel very confident the team will be able to provide the results as directed,” said General Perna. “It is going to be a herculean task, but the combination between Health and Human Services and the Department of Defense, their combined strengths,…will ensure our success.”

Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar speaks about the coronavirus in the Rose Garden of the White House, Friday, May 15, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar also touted the president’s initiative. In a video released by the White House on Friday, he described the operation as a historic push to bring coronavirus vaccines to the American people in record time.

According to Azar, President Trump first launched the effort after saying pharmaceutical companies’ timelines for producing a vaccine were unacceptable.

He added government entities like Health and Human Services, alongside the Defense Department, have been working day and night since January to find a vaccine.

“He’s launching Operation Warp Speed, which is going to compress and wring out every inefficiency in the process,” explained Azar. “(It will) take away every unused day and also scale up manufacturing, so that as we get vaccines that work, we’ll be able to distribute them right away.”

He noted President Trump is setting ambitious goals and has the right team in place to make it all happen.

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