Gottlieb: Likelihood “extremely low” for COVID-19 vaccine in 2020
Scott Gottlieb, the former commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, told “Face the Nation” on Sunday that it’s unlikely a coronavirus vaccine will be available in the U.S. by the end of 2020.
“I think the likelihood that we’re going to have a vaccine for widespread use in 2020 is extremely low, I think we need to think of that as largely a 2021 event,” Gottlieb said. “And if we do have a vaccine available in 2020, it’s likely to be used in a much more targeted fashion.”
According to Gottlieb, if the vaccine is produced before next year, it would be distributed through a “staged introduction” that prioritizes high-risk groups, like nursing home residents and health care workers.
“You can almost think of the vaccine being used in a therapeutic sense, to try to protect very high risk populations,” he explained. “… Not in the …continued .
[Source: CBS News]