Trump expects a COVID-19 vaccine to arrive this fall, according to a new report — an optimistic timeline that many doubt will come true

President Donald Trump expects a vaccine for the coronavirus to arrive this fall, Politico reported.
That timeline could prove faster even than the federal government’s ambitious push to get vaccines to Americans by January 2021.
Many experts have warned that later in 2021 is the earliest a vaccine could reach people.
Vaccine production has been unusually speedy, with multiple companies ramping up production and moving forward with trials.
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President Donald Trump expects a vaccine for the coronavirus to arrive this fall, seemingly relying a timeline that’s much faster than what many experts say is possible.

Trump has told both his advisers and his allies that he expects this timeline for the vaccine’s arrival, according to a report from Politico’s Nancy Cook and Gabby Orr.

Vaccine makers around the world are attempting to create a vaccine against COVID-19 at an unprecedented pace.

They hope that, once administered widely enough, it would allow life in much of the world to return to normal.

It is not clear what stage of vaccine production Trump means by “arrive,” but fall 2020 is optimistic for even the more preliminary steps along the road to having a workable vaccine.

Almost nobody expects that a vaccine can be in general circulation, protecting ordinary people, by fall.

If Trump is referring to the vaccine being administered to the public, then he is ahead of his own government’s $10-billion “Operation Warp Speed” project.

That aims to deliver 300 million vaccine doses by January 2021.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the US government’s top infectious disease expert, said in May that it was a “bridge too far” to think a vaccine would ready before college classes start in the fall.

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In a later timeline in explained in front of Congress, Fauci said a vaccine could be ready to give to the American public by the end of this year or the beginning of 2021.

Other experts are far more pessimistic.

Many, including France’s research minister and Yale public health professor Jason Swartz, have previously said it could be Fall 2021 before a vaccine is available.

Other experts have said even the 2021 timeline is ambitious.

Dr. Paul Offit, who helped invent the rotavirus vaccine, told CNN in April that this timeline was “ridiculously optimistic.”

And Peter Hotez, the dean of Baylor University’s National School of Tropical Medicine, then told National Geographic that it “would be absolutely unprecedented.”

David Ridley, a health economist at Duke University, told The Associated Press in June that even if doses were ready to go in the US by the end of 2020, “only some high-risk people, such as essential workers, go to the front of a very long line.”

“Will you and I get vaccinated this year?,” he asked. “No way.”

In order to be able to administered to the public in countries around the world, vaccines have to go through multiple stages, including development, clinical trials, regulatory approval, production, and …read more

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