President Donald Trump boosted his administration’s efforts to stop the pandemic by signing of a symbolic executive order seeking to prioritize the shipment of COVID-19 vaccines to Americans before other countries.
His executive order, dubbed as “America First” seeks to assure Americans that they will be first in line during the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines. He also vowed to “work with the world” in distributing the vaccines.
It comes on the heels of the continuous spike of COVID-19 infections in the United States in recent weeks.
In his remarks, Trump said, “We’re working very closely with other nations, to get the vaccines out to other nations; we’re working with the world.”
Trump said “the vaccine was our goal,” adding, “that was number one because that was the way it ends, plus you do have immunity, you develop immunity over a period of time.
“And I hear we’re close to 15%… that’s terrific. That’s a very powerful vaccine in itself.”
"In just a few minutes I will sign an Executive Order to ensure that the United States government prioritizes the getting out of the vaccine to American citizens before sending it to other nations" — Trump pic.twitter.com/8tG277aNft
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) December 8, 2020
Trump noted that the good working relationship among government, scientists and the industry will save millions of lives across the world.