The President of the United States, Donald Trump, assured this Friday at a press conference provided by the White House that the coronavirus vaccine that his country is developing It could be ready by the end of 2020 or "maybe sooner".
"We are working to have it by the end of the year if possible, perhaps sooner", Trump said, accompanied by the director of the National Institute of Infectious Diseases, Anthony Fauci.
"We believe that we will have very good results very soon ”said the president, visibly enthusiastic.
The progress reported by Trump is given in the context of the call Operation Warp Speed (Maximum speed), a plan aimed at reducing the time required to develop the vaccine by cooperation between pharmaceutical companies, government agencies and the armed forces, added to a huge investment by the federal state.
This project also contemplates that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), in charge of approving new drugs, considerably relax the many requirements that exist for the development of a safe vaccine.
Different laboratories and institutes in the United States are developing their own vaccines, and Operation Warp Speed seeks to support all of these efforts separately while waiting for one or more to prove effective. Also in the world many countries carry out their own research on vaccines.
Total, It is estimated that there are 12 vaccines being developed throughout the planet, mainly in China, the United Kingdom and Germany, in addition to the United States.
"This is an effort that has not been seen in the country since the Manhattan project," The US president pointed out, referring to the development program of the first atomic bomb in the 1940s. "No one has seen anything like what we have been doing in the country since World War II, incredible," he added.
Previous estimates for the development of a vaccine, both those made by public agencies and the private sector, spoke of a minimum of 18 months, possibly longer. The World Health Organization (WHO) put the estimated time between 12 and 18 months.
If what was announced by the president was fulfilled, this estimate would be significantly shortened, although doubts remain regarding the safety of such treatment if the corresponding steps have not been followed.
Trump stressed that those responsible for Operation Warp Speed are Moncef Slaoui, former director of the vaccines division of the British pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline, and general Gustave Perna.
In this scheme, Slaoui will lead the development of the vaccine, and Perna the logistics.
The American President again insisted on the need to lift the quarantine, to mitigate the adverse economic effects of the pandemic, and assured that practically all the states of the United States were taking measures to reopen their economies.
In this regard, he stressed that the "Essential pillar" of the quarantine removal was “the development of treatments and vaccines as soon as possible”.
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