Prez Trump claims the United States will have coronavirus vaccine by year’s end; His ally PM Abe extends state of emergency in Japan to contain coronavirus until May 31

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US President Donald Trump has said that his administration is confident the United States will have a vaccine for Covid-19 by the end of this year.  The comments came during a program at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, says All India Radio. He said that several pharmaceutical companies are close to developing the vaccine.  Trump said he is not concerned about which country develops a vaccine first but just want to get a vaccine that works. Public health officials have said a coronavirus vaccine could take a year to 18 months. Vaccines often take many years to develop and distribute as  US  ally Japanese PM Shinzo Abe has extended the national state of emergency over the coronavirus outbreak until May 31. Earlier, Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike confirmed in a live-streamed video on Sunday that Economy Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura told her that the government will extend the emergency status until the end of the month. Abe on Thursday signalled it would be difficult to lift the emergency on May 6 as originally planned, citing severe conditions in the health-care system. The extension means regional governors who are in favour of keeping the measure will be continued to be empowered to put a business in suspension and to urge people to stay homes. (courtesy to CNN for the picture)

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