President Trump on Friday predicted Pfizer’s promising vaccine will be approved “very, very quickly” as he ticked off successes delivered by Operation Warp Speed, his effort to tackle a coronavirus pandemic that is raging out of control as the world waits on pharmaceutical solutions.
Mr. Trump said the U.S. will begin vaccinating health workers, the vulnerable and elderly immediately upon approval and then doses will be available to anyone free of charge.
“Millions of doses will soon be going out the door,” Mr. Trump said in the Rose Garden, his first public remarks since Joseph R. Biden was projected the winner of the election.
“This administration will not be going into a lockdown,” he said, acknowledging the worsening pandemic and pending certification of the election results.
He said New York may have to wait for vaccine doses, citing Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s skepticism of the federal review under Mr. Trump. Mr. Cuomo wants to do his own state review.