Drug manufacturers are likely to receive tens of millions of doses of coronavirus vaccines early next year, Anthony Fauci, leading U.S. infectious disease official, said in a Reuters interview on Wednesday, offering a more conservative view of the surge than some Trump officials.
Fauci said that a billion doses of vaccine could be available by the end of 2021 and hopes the vaccine will help the world overcome the pandemic that has killed more than 700,000 people worldwide by then.
U.S. Secretary of State for Health and Human Services Alex Azar said last month that the U.S. would receive hundreds of millions of vaccine doses by early 2021.
These goals are only possible because drug manufacturers have agreed to produce large amounts of their vaccines before they know if they are working to save time.
“The federal government put more than one egg in the basket,” said Fauci
“We have a fairly extensive portfolio that will later be included in clinical trials.
“He said there could be signs that at least one vaccine is working and is safe until the end of the year.
“I am cautiously optimistic that we will have a vaccine that is effective enough to be approved,” he said.
This will not happen because there is pressure to have a vaccine available in time for the November 3 presidential election, he said. Health regulators have pledged that “political considerations should not be taken into account,” said Fauci that a safe COVID-19 vaccine must be given.
Fauci’s interview with Reuters came the same day that Trump said in an interview with Fox News that the virus was “disappearing”.
It will go away as things go away. “Fauci offered a more mixed assessment, saying that some parts of the country had contained the spread of the virus well while others were” on fire “.
“I hope and believe it is possible that we will have this under control by 2021 and another cycle,” he said.
The United States is committed to spending billions of dollars on vaccines manufactured by companies like Johnson & Johnson, Moderna Inc., Pfizer Inc., Novavax Inc. and Sanofi SA that use a variety of technologies.
Fauci said he hadn’t preferred one approach to another. “Everyone looks pretty good,” he said.
“The evidence for the pudding is the randomized, placebo-controlled study.”
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