President Donald Trump revealed that a vaccine for coronavirus could be available as soon as “the end of the year” as the number of COVID-19 cases in the U.S. surpassed 1.1 million over the weekend.
I think we’re going to have a vaccine much sooner rather than later,” Trump said on Sunday evening. Medical professionals, including Dr. Anthony Fauci, the country’s leading expert on infectious diseases, have said that it could take at least a year to 18 months for a vaccine to develop.
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Even that timeline would be considered breakneck speed. “The doctors would say, ‘Well, you shouldn’t say that.’ I’ll say what I think,” Trump said.
A COVID-19 vaccine will need to develop before the world can return to some semblance of pre-pandemic normalcy, medical experts say.
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Concerns have raised whether efficacy and safety will be compromised in a desperate rush to hit this target.
The mumps vaccine is considered the fastest vaccine ever to be approved. That vaccine took four years to develop. Still, Trump insisted that a COVID-19 vaccine would be ready in record time. “I think we’re going to have a vaccine, I’m telling you, by the end of the year, I think we’re going to have a vaccine,” he said.