Drugmakers will have tens of millions of doses of COVID-19 vaccine by early 2021, Fauci says
Asked about the Geraldo Rivera radio show when a vaccine might be ready, Trump said: “Earlier than the end of the year it could be much sooner.”
“Before November 3?” he was asked.
“I think in some cases yes possible before, but around then,” Trump said.
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Later at the White House, Trump said he was optimistic a vaccine would be available around that date. When asked if it would help him in the election, he replied, “It wouldn’t hurt. But I do, not for the elections; I want to save a lot of lives. “
Trump, who is seeking re-election for a second term amid a U.S. economy crippled by coronavirus shutdowns, has pushed for schools to reopen and things to return to normal as coronavirus deaths across the country are on average over 1000 per day.
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Senior government health officials have said corners will not be cut in the race to get a vaccine against the virus.
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Dr Anthony Fauci, the U.S. government’s chief infectious disease official, offered a more conservative view in a Reuters interview on Wednesday, saying there could be an indication that at least one vaccine works and is safe to ‘by the end of the year.
The frantic race to develop a COVID-19 vaccine has escalated safety concerns over an inoculation, prompting governments and drugmakers to raise awareness to ensure their efforts to defeat the coronavirus are not derailed by mistrust public.
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Health Secretary Alex Azar on Thursday denied that the pressure for a vaccine was political, but did not say if he believed it was possible to have a vaccine ready before election day.
He said he would take a coronavirus vaccine cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. “We are going to launch a transparent process,” he told MSNBC. “The best thing we can do to address vaccine reluctance is to make sure the data is available.
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Democrats in the House of Representatives on Thursday introduced legislation that would require the FDA to consult a panel of experts to make sure a vaccine doesn’t get rammed too quickly. The expert group, the Advisory Committee on Vaccines and Related Biologics, is made up of experts from academia, industry and government.
While a rapid vaccine is essential, said US Representative Raja Krishnamoorthi, sponsor of the bill, “it is even more important that quality is not sacrificed for the benefit of speed of testing and evaluation. such a vaccine. (Reporting by Doina Chiacu; Additional reporting by Andrea Shalal and Susan Heavey; Editing by Jonathan Oatis)
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