Steve Mnuchin Promises “Emergency Vaccine” Will be Ready by the end of the year
All politicians are very focused on getting the economy up and going. This will be difficult, however, until a vaccine against COVID-19 is developed. While cases have dramatically increased in some parts of the country, there has also been promising news on medications that could prevent COVID-19.
These breakthroughs have been promising enough that the White House is beginning to make promises. During a Republican meeting on Monday, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin assured lawmakers that a vaccine would be ready by the end of the year.
Mnuchin’s vaccine, though, would only be used in case of an emergency. He told Republicans, “The focus is kids and jobs and vaccines. We are going to make sure we have a vaccine by the end of the year for emergency use.”
I look forward to this vaccine proving effective in clinical trials, manufactured at 26¢ per dose, and sold to us for $1,220 per dose because the CEO of the manufacturer was in Steve Mnuchin’s fraternity. https://t.co/lcYogeWLPL
— Sarah York 🌈 (@thesarahyork) July 15, 2020
During that same meeting, the Treasury Secretary also discussed an extension of stimulus payments:
“We’re going to make sure that we don’t pay people more money to stay home than go to work. We want to make sure that people who can go to work safely can do. We’ll have tax credits that incentivize businesses to bring people back to work. We’ll have tax credits for PPE for safe work environments, and we’re gonna have big incentives, money to the states for education for schools that can open safely and and do education.”