Former FDA official says a widely available coronavirus vaccine is ‘more likely a 2021 event’
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- Former FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb said Sunday that a “lot of uncertainties” lie in the process of developing a vaccine for widespread administration.
- However, a vaccine could likely be ready in the fall of 2020 to “ring-fence an outbreak” in a particular city or for a “certain portion of the population on an experimental basis.”
- Tom Inglesby, director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, said on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” said that a 12-18-month timeline for a vaccine would have previously seemed “completely unrealistic,” but figures like Dr. Anthony Fauci could make it “possible.”
- “We should hold out some level of hope that if everything goes in the right direction, we could possibly be seeing a vaccine by the end of the year,” Inglesby said.
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