US President Trump hopes to spread a vaccine against the coronavirus in the country before the end of the year. A letter from the health authority suggests it could be time soon. Warn experts.
The US government has asked states to be ready for distribution of a potential corona vaccine from November 1. The head of the CDC’s health authority, Robert Redfield, appealed to governors in a letter announced Wednesday to ensure that the distribution centers were ready by that date.
According to the letter at the end of August, the centers should be “fully operational” by November 1. For this purpose, the business and building permit requirements for McKesson company, which will distribute a future vaccine in the country, may need to be relaxed.
The letter shows the will of President Donald Trump’s administration to approve a vaccine ahead of the Nov. 3 presidential election. Trump has repeatedly expressed the hope that a vaccine could soon be available to contain the pandemic.
Experts warn of early approval
However, experts warn against marketing a vaccine without a sufficient scientific basis. Most recently, Stephen Hahn, the head of the US FDA drug regulatory agency, caused a stir with the statement that a vaccine could be approved in the United States before final testing. If the manufacturer applies for approval before the end of the third and final test phase, his authority will make a scientific decision.
The US is pushing the development of a corona vaccine with billions in funds. Several Western companies are now in the third phase of corona laser development, including the British-Swedish pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca and an alliance between the American Pfizer and the German BioNTech.
Moscow approved the vaccine before all tests were completed
A corona vaccine was approved in Russia in August – even before the final phase of testing was completed. It is the world’s first officially approved serum against the new pathogen. Western scientists, however, criticized the decision.
Trump has been harshly criticized for his handling of the corona pandemic. This is one of the reasons the Republican stands behind opposition Democrats challenger Joe Biden in polls ahead of the Nov. 3 presidential election.
In absolute numbers, the US is the country in the world most affected by the Corona crisis. Since the start of the pandemic, more than six million cases of infection have been confirmed in the US and approximately 185,000 people have died of infection.