Trump raises hope of COVID-19 vaccines in less than a year


United States President, Donald Trump, on Friday said he hoped a COVID-19 vaccine would be available by the end of the year, and also announced he was appointing a former pharmaceutical executive to lead the project.

Donald Trump, being optimistic than the European, said he thinks a good outcome of the result will be out soon. The European Medicines Agency said Thursday a vaccine could be ready in a year’s time under an “optimistic scenario.”

Trump then announced he would appoint Moncef Slaoui, the former head of GSK Vaccines, and four star army general Gustave Perna, to spearhead what he tagged “Operation Warp Speed.”

Comparing the effort with the Manhattan Project during World War 2 that led to the development of nuclear weapons, he said , “My administration is providing roughly $10 billion to support a medical research effort without parallel”

When a vaccine was ready the military would be enlisted to distribute it — and evoked a spirit of global cooperation, he added.

“We are working together with many different countries, and again we have no ego,” he said.

“Whoever gets it, we think it is great, we are going to work with them and they’re going to work with us. If we get it, we’ll be working with them.”

Meanwhile, scientists have warned that it is possible that an effective vaccine may never be found ,or that some of these vaccines might even backfire, thereby making people more and not less susceptible to infection , despite worldwide efforts.

Trump also sought to temper expectations of the COVID-19 vaccine. Once again, it is not solely vaccine based , as other things have never had a vaccine and they go away. So I don’t want people to think this is all dependent on a vaccine, but a vaccine would be a tremendous thing,the president said. Note that scientists have never previously developed a successful vaccine for any kind of coronavirus that infects humans.

Efforts that were underway against the SARS coronavirus were halted early because that disease was contained after infecting about 8,000 people, and it was therefore not considered profitable to work on. Vaccines do exist for animal coronaviruses, for example a type of coronavirus that infects chickens — and this is used by farmers.

However, it also kills a certain percentage of chickens, and such an outcome would not be acceptable in humans.

Reported by: Faith Oyesanmi

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