After President Trump’s election campaign trips, dozens of Secret Service employees are said to have been infected with the corona virus or are in quarantine.
After President Donald Trump’s election campaign trips, dozens of Secret Service employees have been infected with the corona virus or are in quarantine, according to the US media. The spread was at least partially attributed to the series of appearances for which Trump traveled across the country before the presidential election, reported the Washington Post on Friday with reference to informed persons.
According to the newspaper, 130 employees are affected – around ten percent of the core security team. According to the representation of the sender CNN it is about “several dozen” employees. The Secret Service is responsible, among other things, to protect important officials like the president.
In Trump’s dozen election campaign appearances – he sometimes made several a day – security guards had to travel and were positioned around the podium. Many of the Trump supporters present did not wear masks and did not keep their distance.
Trump had already been accused of unnecessarily endangering security people after he got into the presidential vehicle with them during his Covid 19 illness to greet his fans in front of the hospital gates.
Vaccine should be approved “very, very quickly”
According to Trump, the corona vaccine developed by Pfizer and Biontech is to be approved “very, very quickly” in the USA. The vaccine’s effectiveness, recently reported by manufacturers, “far exceeds expectations,” Trump said.
The US government has already contractually secured the delivery of 100 million vaccine doses and has the option to get millions more doses quickly, Trump said. The German biotech company and the US pharmaceutical company reportedly want to apply to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for emergency approval for the vaccine later this month.
Biontech and Pfizer recently announced that their vaccine offers more than 90 percent protection against coronavirus infection according to initial findings. They want to provide 50 million vaccine doses this year and around 1.3 billion in 2021 – worldwide. Each person must be vaccinated twice with the vaccine, which must also be specially refrigerated.
The criteria for emergency approval by the FDA are not very demanding. Roughly speaking, it must be proven that a drug or vaccination helps more than does harm. For a full approval by the FDA, however, there are significantly higher hurdles – this should therefore take significantly longer. A government official, Moncef Slaoui, said on Friday that if an emergency license is granted, vaccinations could start in December.
The US government has contracts to manufacture six vaccines, including Pfizer. Several experimental vaccines are in clinical trials around the world, each with tens of thousands of participants, to prove their effectiveness.