President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump published a video message wishing Americans a Merry Christmas and calling the emergence of two COVID-19 vaccines a “Christmas miracle.”
“We are grateful to all the scientists, researchers, industrial workers and military personnel who have worked tirelessly to make this breakthrough possible. This is truly a Christmas miracle, ”the president said in a short video.
Two vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna were recently approved for emergency use in the United States. Experts say that they will go to mass access in the spring.
“We are delivering millions of doses of a safe and effective vaccine that will soon end this terrible pandemic and save millions and millions of lives,” the president said.
He also noted the spiritual significance of the holiday.
“During this holy time of the year, Christians celebrate the greatest miracle in human history,” the president said. “On Christmas, we thank God for sending us his son to bring peace to our souls and joy to the whole world.”
“As you know, this Christmas is different from past years. We are fighting a global pandemic that has affected all of us, the first lady said. “The teachers worked extremely hard to keep our children learning. Students deliver groceries to elderly neighbors. Communities have found new ways to stay connected with each other. “
She added, “At this wonderful time of year, we also thank the brave and selfless Americans who keep us safe. We are always grateful to the law enforcement officials and the heroic American military. “
Meanwhile, more states and cities are re-imposing restrictions to slow the spread of the coronavirus amid rising infections.
The pandemic has claimed more than 320,000 lives in the United States and made more than 18 million Americans sick.