Trump’s political play: can his Covid vaccine bet bring election success?

Democrats fear promise of vaccine shifts focus to economy – but Trump’s strategy might not be as sound as his camp thinks

“We’re gonna have a vaccine very soon,” Donald Trump told reporters last week. “Maybe even before a special date. You know what date I’m talking about.”

Never in the history of US elections, perhaps, has a so-called “October surprise” been so thoroughly telegraphed by a sitting US president. Trailing rival Joe Biden in the presidential race and running out of money, Trump in recent weeks has repeatedly teased the imminent arrival of a coronavirus vaccine, and explicitly tied it to the election calendar.

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