July 24, 2020, 09.00 AM

Other countries are also scrambling to get a vaccine for Covid-19, which has killed more than 617,000 people, according to a tally kept by Johns Hopkins University.

Nearly 4 million Americans have been infected by the new coronavirus and at least 142,000 have died from Covid-19, the disease it causes, according to Johns Hopkins.

Britain announced Monday it had secured access to another 90 million experimental Covid-19 vaccines made by Pfizer and others, a move some campaigners warned could worsen a global scramble by rich countries to hoard the world’s limited supply of Covid-19 vaccines.

China, where the new coronavirus originated, also has several vaccine candidates entering final testing.

Trump blames Beijing for not doing a better job of containing the virus and allowing it to spread around the world.

Still, he said he'd be willing to work with China if it were first to the market with a reliable vaccine.

Read also: Indonesia Eyes Local Covid-19 Vaccine Mass Production by Mid-2021

“We're willing to work with anybody that's going to get us a good result,” Trump said Tuesday. “We're very close to the vaccine. I think we’re going to have some very good results.”

The FDA has told manufacturers it expects any vaccine to be at least 50 percent effective to qualify. But at a congressional hearing Tuesday, Rep. Frank Pallone, D-N.J., said he was worried Trump could push the agency into prematurely clearing a vaccine.

“My fear is that FDA will be forced by the Trump administration to approve a vaccine that lacks effectiveness,” Pallone said.

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