“DCC is urgently requesting your assistance in speeding up applications for these distribution facilities and, if necessary, asks you to consider waiving requirements that would prevent these facilities from becoming fully operational by November 1, 2020,” the letter. “Any requirements you may be asked to waive in order to expedite vaccine distribution will not compromise the safety or integrity of the products distributed. ”
Mr Trump has raised the possibility that a vaccine will be ready for distribution by the election or soon after, although most medical experts do not expect widespread vaccinations until 2021.“I’m optimistic it will probably be around then. I think we’ll have the vaccine before the end of the year, sure, but around then, yes, I think so, ”Trump said in early August.
Dr Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, also described a scenario where a vaccine could be ready sooner than initially expected. In an interview with Kaiser Health News published Tuesday, he said that if clinical trials for COVID-19 vaccines produced overwhelmingly positive results, scientists would have a “moral obligation” toand offer the vaccine to all study participants, speeding up the process to make it more widely available. This decision would be made by a Data and Safety Oversight Committee, which is made up of research experts who review data from clinical trials.
Poll shows many Americans are skeptical of a potential coronavirus vaccine. A recent CBS News poll shows that only 30% say they would get one “as soon as possible.” Many others, half the country, say they would think about it, but “wait” first to see what happened to the others.
Melissa Quinn contributed to this report.