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Speaking at a town hall hosted by ABC News in Philadelphia late Tuesday, US President Donald Trump said a vaccine against the coronavirus could be three or four weeks away.

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“We’re very close to having a vaccine.”

“If you want to know the truth, the previous administration would have taken perhaps years to have a vaccine because of the FDA and all the approvals. And we’re within weeks of getting it… Could be three weeks, four weeks.”

“Yeah, well, I didn’t downplay it. I actually, in many ways, I up-played it, in terms of action. My action was very strong,” when confronted on downplaying the pandemic.