Across the world, governments are hoping to announce a vaccine as soon as possible against the virus, which has infected well over 26 million people, upended millions of lives, and wreaked havoc on the global economy.
President Trump is amongst these world leaders with an expectation for a vaccine by November 1st. The UN health agency welcomed the fact that a "considerable number" of vaccine candidates had entered final stage trials, which typically involve tens of thousands of people.
But "in terms of realistic timelines, we are really not expecting to see widespread vaccination until the middle of next year," WHO spokeswoman Margaret Harris said.
Russia has already approved a vaccine, and research published in The Lancet medical journal on Friday said patients involved in early tests developed antibodies with "no serious adverse events".
But scientists cautioned the trials were too small, just 76 participants to prove safety and effectiveness.>
In reality the US government optional plan would be to give the vaccine to all seriously ill patients who would be on their deathbed anyways. Meaning the vaccine could not make their situation much worse, and that way the government would be able to get exact results of the vaccine's success.
Under normal procedures, test administrators must wait for months or years to verify that vaccine candidates are safe and efficacious.
But there has been massive pressure to roll out a vaccine quickly as the pandemic continues to take its toll.
All over the world, businesses and individuals are paying the toll for the pandemic, as flare-ups continue to force governments into imposing lockdowns.
Even in areas where restrictions have eased, those who can work from home prefer to keep doing so rather than return to the office.
In London's normally bustling center, eateries once packed with customers are suffering.
"People saw they can work from home... we can't serve someone from home," said Berat, the manager at a Turkish restaurant close to St Paul's Cathedral that only has 15 percent of its usual custom.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government is trying to encourage Britons to return to the office, but that is easier said than done.
The pressure for the vaccine is worldwide and the struggle is felt almost everywhere, but for some reason the WHO still criticize those who decide to rush the process of authorizing a vaccine. President Trump is simply doing his best for that cause. The administration realizes the dire situation of the country and is willing to skip bureaucracy protocols due to the emergency.