September 8, 2020
I think the likelihood that we’re going to have a vaccine for widespread use in 2020 is extremely low.
- Speaking over the weekend, Dr. Gottlieb said that IF we have a vaccine available this year, it would likely only be used in “to protect very high-risk populations,” noting that 2021 is more likely.
- On Tuesday, the CEOs from nine drug manufacturers (AstraZeneca, BioNTech, GlaxoSmithKline, Johnson & Johnson, Merck, Moderna, Novavax, Pfizer and Sanofi) issued what they called a historic pledge “to make the safety and well-being of vaccinated individuals the top priority in development of the first COVID-19 vaccines.”
- According to the FDA, a COVID-19 vaccine needs to be at least 50% effective in preventing COVID-19 and decreasing its severity.
- BIG PICTURE: To date, the nine drug manufacturers alone have developed over 70 COVID-19 vaccines – three are in Phase III trials.
by Jenna Lee,