During a press conference held at the White House Rose Garden, Trump's speech was interrupted by blaring air horns from a group of protesters who have been parked along Constitution Avenue in Washington D.C. for two weeks.
President Trump on Friday unveiled more details of "Operation Warp Speed" - an effort to accelerate the development of a vaccine and medical treatments for the coronavirus by January.
Trump, who faces re-election in November after winning in 2016 on an "America First" agenda, has urged a quick reopening of the US economy despite the lack of approved treatment, vaccine or widespread testing.
"If you had a vaccine that only worked for 20-year-olds and didn't work for 70-year-olds, that would not be a success", he said.
Gen. Gustave Perna, commanding general of the U.S. Army Material Command, was appointed to lead the effort on the Department of Defense side. You really could say that nobody has seen anything like we are doing, whether it's ventilators or testing nobody has seen anything like we are doing now within our country since the second world war incredible, he said.
The United States isn't the only country working toward a vaccine.
"As President Trump has said, we are going to ensure that we take care of all Americans so that we emerge from this challenge healthy, stronger, and with economic prosperity, which is why the White House is focused on pro-growth, middle class tax and regulatory relief".
That's faster than any new vaccine ever has reached this point in development.
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Moncep Slaoui, a former chairman of vaccines at GlaxoSmithKline who will the multibillion dollar programme, expressed optimism that progress is being made.
Both men supplement the vaccine development efforts already underway by the federal government, including at the National Institutes of Health.
The move comes as the president and White House aides hope to produce vaccines for the coronavirus more quickly than what many scientists believe is realistic.
"Other things have never had a vaccine and they go away".
"That's the sign of love", said Trump from the podium in the White House grounds, referring to the honking that he called "that handsome sound".
Even as clinical trials continue, manufacturing will start.
Trump told reporters he watched some of Thursday's testimony by Bright and "he looks like an angry, disgruntled employee who, frankly, according to some people, didn't do a very good job".
Experts have noted that a timeline of even 12 to 18 months is optimistic.