WASHINGTON, D.C.—President Donald J. Trump joined other World leaders in a virtual G20 meeting Saturday. Trump told the leaders that he has no intentions of conceding to his opponent. Trump made it clear to the leaders at the G20 Summit that he looks forward to “working with you again for a long time”.
The gathering of leaders of major world economies is being held virtually this year because of the pandemic, but Trump stayed on course regarding his Administration’s plans to battle against COVID-19. Trump and his Campaign feels that he has won the battle against Joe Biden.
Rather than say his goodbye’s to World leaders, Trump said he was looking forward to a “tremendous decade”. “It’s been a great honour to work with you, and I look forward to working with you again for a long time,” he said, according to audio of his comments obtained by the Observer.
Trump boasted about the US economy and how it is getting stronger and military. Trump also boasted about the US government’s Operation Warp Speed was behind the two successful coronavirus vaccines.
Operation Warp Speed’s (OWS) goal is to produce and deliver 300 million doses of safe and effective vaccines with the initial doses available by January 2021, as part of a broader strategy to accelerate the development, manufacturing, and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, therapeutics, and diagnostics.
OWS is a partnership among components of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), and the Department of Defense (DoD).
OWS engages with private firms and other federal agencies, including the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Energy, and the Department of Veterans Affairs. It will coordinate existing HHS-wide efforts, including the NIH’s Accelerating COVID-19 Therapeutic Interventions and Vaccines (ACTIV) partnership, NIH’s Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics (RADx) initiative, and work by BARDA.
In July 2020, HHS announced up to $1.95 billion in funds to Pfizer for the large-scale manufacturing and nationwide distribution of 100 million doses of their vaccine candidate. The federal government will own the 100 million doses of vaccine initially produced as a result of this agreement, and Pfizer will deliver the doses in the United States if the product successfully receives FDA EUA or licensure, as outlined in FDA guidance, after completing demonstration of safety and efficacy in a large Phase 3 clinical trial, which began July 27th.
In August 2020, HHS announced up to $1.5 billion in funds to support the large-scale manufacturing and delivery of Moderna’s investigational vaccine candidate. Under the terms of the agreement, the U.S. Government will own the resulting 100 million doses of vaccine, and will have the option to acquire more.
The vaccine, called mRNA-1273, has been co-developed by Moderna and scientists from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health. NIAID has continued to support the vaccine’s development including nonclinical studies and clinical trials. Additionally, BARDA has supported phase 2/3 clinical trials, vaccine manufacturing scale up and other development activities for this vaccine. The Phase 3 clinical trial, which began July 27, is the first government-funded Phase 3 clinical trial for a COVID-19 vaccine in the United States.
It was in stark contrast to comments from other leaders, which focused on the fight against Covid-19, one source said.
Trump’s speech focused on domestic matters–proof that Trump’s plan to make America’s economy strong again is working. Less citizens are applying for unemployment and the COVID-19 death rate has decreased and two vaccines are expected to be distributed to the vulnerable within 45 days–while the other Nation’s are facing economic and healthcare destruction.
Most national leaders in their comments on the pandemic cited the World Health Organization and ACT Accelerator, which aims to speed up treatment and vaccines for Covid-19 and ensure equitable global distribution, a source said. WHO hid the pandemic truth from the World leaders—covering for China. But not one leader attacked WHO during their opening speeches.
A number of leaders also reflected on how other countries had failed to help each other when they should have done during crisis moments of the pandemic. But most leaders have attacked Trump and sided with his opposition post 2020 Presidential Election. No speaker made direct reference to the outcome of the US presidential election.
Trump, who pulled the US out of the WHO, did not mention either organization. He also said that America would ensure “domestic needs are met” before working on getting vaccines to the rest of the world.
The G20 summit is being hosted by Saudi Arabia, which had hoped to use it to showcase changes in the kingdom.