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Donald Trump boasted that a Covid vaccine could have taken 10 years under a different administration instead of just nine months, in an extraordinary farewell speech.
As he addressed the nation on his last full day in office the controversial Republican said the US grieved for 'every life lost' because of the virus and said he pledged to 'wipe out this horrible pandemic.'
Trump also once again described Covid-19 as the 'China virus' in his speech, despite previously being branded racist for using the phrase.
He said: "When our nation was hit with the terrible pandemic we produced not one but two vaccines with record-breaking speed and more will quickly follow.
"They said it couldn't be done but we did it; they called it a medical miracle, and that's what they are calling it right now, a medical miracle.
"Another administration would have taken three, four, five, maybe even up to 10 years to develop a vaccine. We did it in nine months.
President Donald Trump said it was 'only the beginning' as he leaves office
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Donald Trump vows 'it's only the beginning' in fiery and defiant farewell speech
25,000 troops turn Washington into armed fortress for Joe Biden's inauguration
"We grieve for every life lost and we pledge in their memory to wipe out this horrible pandemic once and for all."
On Wednesday Joe Biden will be sworn in to become the 46th Commander-in-Chief of the US.
President Trump has already said he won't be attending and is expected to fly out before arriving at his Palm Beach resort by the time Mr Biden is being sworn in.
It has been reported that President Trump was adamant that he wanted to leave Washington as the President and hated the thought of having to ask his successor to let him use the aircraft.
At least 25,000 National Guard soldiers will protect the Capitol in an unprecedented operation to make sure that Trump loyalists do not hijack the inauguration.
The extra military presence, more than double any previous ceremony’s precaution, follows the Trump-incited riots two weeks ago.