The Vice President noted that many Americans may already have immunity.
US Vice President Mike Pence said that if current trends continue, the crisis around the coronavirus may “be behind us” by the beginning of June.
Some States will resume economic activity in the coming days: Oklahoma, Colorado, Georgia, Tennessee, South Carolina, and Texas will lift some restrictions imposed to contain the spread of the virus.
The other states, including North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Montana, and Wyoming, have not issued stay-at-home orders.
“I do believe that if current trends continue, the coronavirus pandemic will be largely behind us by early June, and our country will start to open up and get back to work,” Pence said in an interview with conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh.
Pence, who heads the White house’s working group on fighting the coronavirus, said he would “not be surprised” if it turns out that many in the country have already had the virus and now have immunity.
“It is highly probable that if you are already infected with a coronavirus, in the future you will have some immunity, he said. It is one of the reasons that, if in the future there will be a new surge of coronavirus, our country will be in a better position.”
“If the first studies are confirmed in the fall and winter of the next year will be a lot of Americans who have some degree of immunity to coronavirus. This will become a real bulwark against the disease,” he added.
In the same vein, Pence spoke on Wednesday in an interview with the Wall Street Journal podcast, when he welcomed the development of new therapeutic methods and assured: “Americans will have a good summer.”
“Trends continue to be encouraging, and we are truly convinced that by continuing to responsibly resume economic activity in one state after another, by early June we may find ourselves in a situation where the coronavirus pandemic is largely a thing of the past and our country can move forward,” Pence said.
According to Johns Hopkins University, 47,000 people had died from the coronavirus in the United States by Thursday.