Trump says vaccine possible near Election Day2020|01:56
Reporter: “You said a vaccine could be ready around November 3rd. Are you optimistic that that will happen? Trump: “I'm optimistic that it will be probably around that date. I believe we'll have the vaccine before the end of the year, certainly, but around that date, yes. I think so.” U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday laid out an aggressive timetable for a coronavirus vaccine, saying it was possible that there could be a safe and effective vaccine around the Nov. 3rd election, a forecast more optimistic than anything suggested by his own White House health experts. Reporter: “Will that help you in the election?” Trump: “It wouldn't hurt. It wouldn't hurt. But I'm not doing that - I'm doing it not for the election. I want it fast because I want to save a lot of lives.” The president's focus on getting a vaccine approved at unprecedented speed has some worried that it could feed fears that safety was compromised along the way. But the nation’s top infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci pushed back on those concerns in an interview with Reuters Wednesday, saying that he has been assured that political pressure will not determine when a coronavirus vaccine is approved. (Dr. Fauci): "I am certain of what the White House would like to see, but I haven't seen any indication of pressure at this point to do anything different than what we are doing... We have assurances, and I’ve discussed this with the regulatory authorities, that they promise that they are not going to let political considerations interfere with a regulatory decision,” Still, U.S House Democrats on Thursday introduced legislation that would require the FDA, to consult with a panel of experts to ensure a vaccine doesn't get rammed through the approval process.