Dr. Anthony Fauci had earlier mentioned that a COVID-19 vaccine to be developed by the end of October is conceivable yet it’s highly unlikely. Dr. Anthony Fauci has served as the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases since the year 1984 and is an American physician and immunologist.
Dr. Fauci was seen stating in a CNN interview “I think most of the people feel it’s going to be November, December”. Dr. Fauci also added that the drug developers could be persuaded by a clinical trial to decides that a vaccine works sooner. He also said: ‘It is conceivable that you can have it by October, though I don’t think that that’s likely”.
Since the documents were leaked to the New York Times this is the first time that Dr. Fauci has come out and spoken in this regard. The documents revealed that the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) sent a set of instructions to health departments of state prepare for a COVID-19 vaccine that will arrive by the end of October.
The leaked documents provided guidance regarding the storage, distribution, and administration of two unnamed vaccines labeled as ‘Vaccine A’ and ‘Vaccine B‘ in cases either of the two getting the authorization for emergency use by the end of October 2020.
Dr. Fauci has earlier mentioned that if the case is such that it can be clearly shown through data that a COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective in use then an emergency use authorization can be issued even if the date comes prior to the trial end-dates. He has earlier also said that in case the data obtained from the vaccine trial provides enough evidence to support that the shots are safe and effective then the regulators are under a ‘moral obligation’ to end the trials early.
Currently, Moderna and Pfizer are two vaccine developers who furthest along in the trial process with AstraZeneca‘s following a few steps behind. The vaccines developed by Moderna and Pfizer are in their final (phase 3) stages and will submit their reports to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for further approval.
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