With Election Day fast approaching, Trump is trying to paint his inabilities to handle the coronavirus pandemic with a false vaccine availability claim. He suggested that the vaccine to treat COVID-19 would probably be available in October, contradicting completely with the assessments done by top health officials this week. According to the health officials, the possibility of a vaccine to be available in October is negligible. In a White House press briefing on Friday, Trump said - "there would be a vaccine before the end of the year or may even before November 1st. I think we can have it probably sometime in October."
Trump's remarks regarding the vaccine come at a very interesting time. As the government's head for vaccine accelerator, Moncef Slaoui, confirmed that it is very unlikely to get the vaccine by the end of October. He explained that the data from late-stage clinical trials of leading vaccine manufacturers wouldn't be ready before November, and that's the reason for the delay. Speaking to NPR News, Slaoui said - "There is a very slight chance that trials that are still underway could be completed before November. Therefore, it is not the right thing to be prepared for the vaccine from now itself." Presently, three vaccine developers are in phase III final stages of the trials. The studies of phase III trials will take months and involve a lengthy process of enrolling thousands of people. Anthony Fauci, the head of the federal government's infectious diseases, also warned it would take longer for the vaccine to come out.
Fauci, who is the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, said - "If you look at the path of the enrollment of the vaccine and whether it is safe and effective, then it is going to be by November or December, or by the end of this year. It is impossible to be released by October." Even if the vaccine is ready, it needs to undergo the Food and Drug Administration's review and approval before making it available. While the speculations regarding the availability are very high, public confidence in the coronavirus vaccine has gone down. According to a POLITICO/Morning Consult poll, only 14 percent of voters are likely to have the vaccine recommended by President Trump.Dr.Dhillon Randeep
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