U.S. COVID-19 vaccine program to start manufacturing by late summer, says U.S. official
Drugmakers partnered with the U.S. government are on track to begin actively manufacturing a vaccine for COVID-19 by the end of the summer, a senior administration official said on Monday.
“If you say exactly when will literally the vaccine materials be in production and manufacturing, it is probably four to six weeks away, but we will be actively manufacturing by the end of summer,” the official, who declined to be identified by name, said.
He added that the administration is already working with companies to equip and outfit manufacturing facilities and acquire raw materials.The Trump administration has helped finance the development of four COVID-19 vaccines so far though its Operation Warp Speed Program, which aims to produce 300 million vaccine doses by the end of 2021.
The U.S. government has given grants ranging from several hundred million dollars to over $1 billion to Johnson & Johnson, Moderna Inc, AstraZeneca Plc and Novovax Inc.It also signed a $450 million contract earlier this month with Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc to help it supply therapies for patients who are sick with the virus.
Clinical trials for therapeutics can produce results in a matter of weeks, making it possible to produce hundereds of thousands of doses by fall, the senior administration official said.“While we think is fair to say that vaccine progress is occurring at warp speed pace, faster than any vaccines have been developed in history, therapeutics are even faster,” the official said.
The “slate is not closed” for additional funding agreements and the administration plans to announce more in the future, the official said.The novel coronavirus has infected more than 3 million people in the United States and killed more than 130,000.
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jonrohnson Vaccine for the sniffles? Hmm. Weird. And it will not happen, get it. JoelCRosenberg We don’t need it. 💀 How do we know this vaccine works? What? I feel like this article just skipped over the part where the vaccine is invented and tested for safety.... It won't work but Trump administration will pretend it does
Don't know why but I keep thinking about Thalidomide babies... Whew. Now I can quit injecting disinfectant and remove this UV bulb from my a$$ All the Democrats should lineup for the vaccine Soooo many questions. Pump. Dump. Rinse. Repeat. Please stop this nonsense. Don’t we um need a vaccine first Is this the vaccine that may not be safe or effective?
Let tRump & his family test it out first. Again everyone is so fucking spooked about the virus. That they ignore how rushed this vaccine is. The process to make a vaccine takes a minimum of 7 years. It's going to be like those placebos in Contagion, isn't it?
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