As President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden accepted their respective party’s presidential nomination last month, each candidate vowed to the American people that he would not rest until the discovery, production, and distribution of a safe, effective vaccine for the novel coronavirus that has tanked the national economy and claimed more than 180,000 lives in just five months.
“We are marshalling America’s scientific genius to produce a vaccine in record time,” said Trump on Thursday night. “Hundreds of millions of doses will be quickly available. We will have a safe and effective vaccine this year, and together we will crush the virus.”
“If I’m your president, on Day One we’ll implement the national strategy I’ve been laying out since March,” Biden said the week before. “We’ll develop and deploy rapid tests for the results available immediately, we’ll make the medical supplies and protective equipment that our country needs, and we’ll make them here in America, so we will never again be at the mercy of China or other foreign countries in order to protect our own people.”