Source: Washington – Bandar Al-Doshi
Defense Secretary Mark Esber confirmed on Friday that the administration of President Donald Trump will develop an anti-Coronavirus vaccine and distribute it widely by the end of the year. “This is entirely possible,” Esber said during an interview with the “Today” program. “I have spoken to our medical experts about this, and we are very confident that we can do this. We will deliver the vaccines on time,” according to the American newspaper The Hill.
President Trump last week unveiled a federal working group responsible for efforts worth $ 10 billion to produce a vaccine against the virus, which is widely distributed by the end of 2020.
“By the end of this year, we will be providing a large-scale vaccine to treat the American people and our partners abroad,” Esper said at the White House at the time.
However, the Pentagon later clarified that Esber was only announcing a goal and not a promise.
Anthony Fauchi, the chief contagious disease expert in the United States, a key member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, said the vaccine might be ready in January, but that “there is no guarantee” that it will be effective.
Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, said last week that producing a vaccine by January was a “flexible goal”.
Currently, there are many vaccine efforts in the early stages of testing. Among the most interested is the University of Oxford, where researchers announced on Friday that they are now moving to the second and third stages.
In response to a question about whether he was concerned about the second wave of the disease after a leaked memo to the Pentagon revealed on Tuesday, Esber said senior Defense Department officials were planning such possibilities until 2021.
“The second wave is a possibility. I don’t think the coronavirus will disappear any time soon, at least not until we have a vaccine or treatment.”