How long while there is a safe, effective vaccine?
Dr Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and an Infectious Diseases Expert for the past four decades, said this weekend: we will probably get an answer by the end of the year. “
“The way the enrollment rate and the level of infections in the United States are going is likely to be answered by the end of the year. It is possible to get an answer before that. – Dr. Anthony Foci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
He added: “It is possible that we will get an answer sooner.” Meanwhile, cases continue to rise in the United States, and California is becoming the first state in the country to exceed 700,000 confirmed cases; infections there affected 705,951 as of Monday with 9,937 deaths from COVID. New York has registered 434,100 infections and the highest number of deaths in the United States (32,951). COVID has killed 183,068 people in the United States
“I would say that a safe bet is at least to know that you have a safe and effective vaccine by November, December,” he told the Times in the UK. He declined to comment on what vaccine could be the lead, but added, “I would not be happy until the vaccine is proven to be safe and effective before it is actually approved for general use.”
But Foki warned against rushing the vaccine for political purposes without first knowing it was safe. At a mostly online republican national convention, President Donald Trump said: “We provide life-saving therapies and will produce a vaccine before the end of the year or maybe even earlier. We will defeat the virus, end the pandemic, and emerge stronger than ever. “
The president’s congressional address somewhat accelerated the deadlines set by Operation Warp Speed, his administration’s efforts to financially support the rapid development, production and distribution of vaccines, therapies and diagnostics of COVID-19. According to this program, the administration states that it strives to have initial doses of vaccines by January 2021.
As of Monday, COVID-19 has infected more than 25 million people worldwide, mostly asymptomatic, and killed 846,877. The United States still has the highest number of COVID-19 cases in the world (5,997,622), followed by from Brazil (3,862,311), India (3,621,245) and Russia (992,402), according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University.
AstraZeneca (AZN) in combination with Oxford University; BioNTech SE (BNTX) and partner Pfizer (PFE); GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Johnson & Johnson (JNJ); Merck & Co. (ID: MERK); Modern (MRNA); and Sanofi (SAN) are currently working on vaccines against COVID-19.
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In a separate interview for Friday’s “Colors” podcast, Fauci said it was imperative to enroll different people in a vaccine to ensure it was safe and effective for everyone, and said the coronavirus had shed “a very bright light.” on differences in the US health care system. Even after the vaccine, he said something had to be done about these differences.
“The likelihood of African Americans becoming infected against whites or others and – when and if they become infected – the likelihood of getting a serious result more than whites. The answer is unfortunately “Yes” to both. – Dr. Anthony Foci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
“There are two elements that need to be clarified,” Foci told podcast hosts JJ Green and Chris Core. “One: The likelihood of African Americans becoming infected against whites or others and – when and if they become infected – the likelihood that they will get a serious result more than whites. The answer is unfortunately “Yes” to both. “
He said: “You want to show that it is safe and effective in all parts of society. If we don’t take African Americans and Latinos and Asians and Native Americans, if we don’t present them correctly in relation to those in the process, we won’t know for sure – although you can guess, but you want to prove it – that it’s safe and effective in this group. “
But experts warn that a vaccine is unlikely to provide 100% immunity to the population. In addition to social distancing and masks, Fauci said earlier that the pursuit of 100% herd immunity – as Sweden has tried – instead of closing schools and businesses to level the new COVID-19 case curve, would have severe consequences for the US. people.
Anders Tegnel, the Swedish epidemiologist who devised the plan, acknowledged that the country had made a mistake. “If we faced the same disease with the same knowledge we have today, I think our answer will be somewhere between what Sweden did and what the rest of the world did,” he said in June, when the country hit the hardest. high mortality in Europe.
Countries such as South Korea, New Zealand and China – where the virus is thought to have originated in the Wuhan food market late last year – appear to be more successful in overcoming COVID-19. Earlier this week, for example, New Zealand moved quickly to block Auckland after the return of COVID after 102 days of reporting new infections.
The Dow Jones (DJIA) industrial index S&P 500 (SPX) and Nasdaq Composite (COMP) ended higher on Friday, set largely by a speech by Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell, which probably ushered in an era of weaker monetary policy after the central bank dropped a long-standing practice of preventively raising interest rates to avoid higher inflation.
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