Dr Deborah Birx ‘Hopes’ for Coronavirus Vaccine, But Says ‘Wear Mask’

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White House Coronavirus Task Force Coordinator Dr Deborah Birx said on Sunday that while she hopes for a vaccine, she is also confident that the spread of COVID-19 can be stopped by wearing masks and social distancing.

Speaking at an event in Minnesota, Birx urged Americans to “do the right thing” now so that there are fewer cases of the virus in the fall, CNN reported.

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“Yes, I’m hoping for a vaccine,” Birx said, “but I’m also very convinced right now that we can stop the spread of the community by wearing masks, social distancing and avoiding crowds. ”

The doctor stressed that the crowds are not limited to events such as concerts, but also barbecues in the courtyard with 25 people not wearing masks.

Scientists and health experts have expressed concern that President Trump could pressure the Food and Drug Administration to approve a vaccine before November to increase its chances of winning another term.

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Large-scale clinical trials of leading vaccine candidates from Moderna, Pfizer and AstraZeneca have been launched in recent weeks. Earlier this month, Johnson & Johnson said it hoped to include 60,000 subjects in its Phase 3 trial, according to Reuters.

Dr Anthony Fauci, another White House coronavirus expert, warned of a vaccine being fast-tracked through emergency use authorization before it was proven safe in many big tests.

“One of the potential dangers if you let a vaccine come out prematurely is that it would be difficult, if not impossible, for other vaccines to recruit people into their trial,” Fauci told Reuters last week.

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