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Moncef Al-Salawi: Millions of Corona vaccine doses will be provided by the end of 2020, today Saturday 16 May 2020 09:28 AM
The “Al-Salawi” speech came yesterday, during an occasion in the White House in which a number of administration officials appeared wearing masks, not including US President Donald Trump.
Trump said that the US government is working at an accelerated pace with other countries to develop a vaccine for the emerging corona virus, while preparing to distribute the vaccine as soon as it is produced.
The US president expressed his hope to launch the vaccine before the end of the year, and said that the administration will mobilize to distribute the vaccine as soon as it comes out.
Trump added that the government will invest in vaccines that top the nominations, adding that the list has been reduced to 14 promising vaccines, with a plan to narrow down options to less than this number.
Munsif al-Salawi, who was chosen by Trump to help lead the efforts to find a vaccine, expressed optimism about progress before the end of the year.
“I recently saw early data from a clinical trial of the Corona virus, and these data made me feel more confident that we would be able to provide a few hundred million vaccine doses by the end of 2020,” he said.
Al-Salawi did not mention any vaccine he intended, but a vaccine developed by Modernathira Biotics, with the assistance of the National Institutes of Health, recently obtained FDA approval to advance to the next stage of clinical trials.
Experts have warned that it will likely take between 12 and 18 months or more to provide a ready-made vaccine to the public, but the US president is seeking to reduce this time frame, while at the same time underestimating the need for the vaccine while encouraging US states to reopen Their economies.
On the occasion, the president reiterated his view that the country could get out of the epidemic phase without a vaccine.
Trump said, “With or without a vaccine, they are coming back again.”
The president, who has been criticized for not coordinating with European countries over travel restrictions in the early stages of the epidemic, indicated that the world is cooperating to develop a vaccine.