Former Fda Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb in Response to Claims a Covid-19 Vaccine Could Be Ready This Year, as Nine Drug Companies Working on Vaccines Pledge to Put Safety Ahead of Speed.

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 pledgeto 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,