President Trump stepped in front of the White House press for the first time in more than a week to celebrate news of a successful COVID-19 vaccine and promise that his administration will not impose another lockdown.
At a time when he is under pressure to concede election defeat to Joe Biden, his appearance in the White House rose garden amounted to a lap of honor for Operation Warp Speed, his administration’s effort to get a vaccine to market in record time.
The operation meant that a vaccine had been produced in less than a year – far faster than the ten to 12 years usually expected, he said.
“No medical breakthrough of this scope and magnitude has ever been achieved this rapidly, this quickly,” he said. “And we’re very proud of it.”
But he also used the occasion to hit out at opponents in the form of Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York who had accused