WASHINGTON: Drug manufacturers are likely to offer dozens of doses of the coronavirus vaccine early next year.
Anthony Fauci, the top U.S. infectious diseases official, said that by the end of 2021, millions of vaccines will be available, and with the help of this vaccine, the world could handle an epidemic that has killed more than 700,000 people worldwide.
“The federal government is trying to come up with many experiments in a short span of time,” Fauzi said. “We have a wide range of portfolio to go into clinical trials.”
There may be indications that at least one vaccine is working and is safe by the end of the year.
He said “I am sure by the end of this year we will have an approved vaccine which can be useful to save lives”
He said this would not happen because of pressure to make the vaccine available in a timely manner for the November 3 presidential election. Fauzi said health regulators “do not allow political views to interfere with the need to provide a safe COVID-19 vaccine.”
Fauzi gave a more mixed assessment, saying some parts of the country had done a good job of preventing the spread of the virus, while others were “on fire”.