Thursday, February 27, 2020

Coronavirus Vaccine 'At Least a Year' Away 'at Best' From Being Publicly Available, National Health Official Says

During a press conference in India on Tuesday, President Donald Trump told reporters that America was "very close" to a vaccine. Some questioned the validity of his claim, even accusing him of lying, while others used the news that Moderna, a biotech company, shipped a vaccine to researchers as proof that the president was correct.

On Wednesday, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), clarified information about the state of COVID-19 in the United States, including when a vaccine could be made available.

"In order to get a vaccine that's practically deployable for people to use, it's going to be at least a year to a year and a half at best," Fauci told CNN New Day host John Berman.


  1. First , considering that scientists have been working on a HIV vaccine for decades now, 18 months is considered "very close"
    Second, this whole panic is overblown. The countries coronovirus has done well in are either corrupt autocracies more worried about public image than effective containment (Iran), corrupt autocracies who think the blunt use of force to contain people will be sufficient (China) or corrupt democracies who can't ensure the trains run on time (Italy). Everywhere else spread has been extremely slow and the risk of massive outbreak remains low.
    Even in the outbreaks, when compared with other similar viruses like influenza, Covid hasn't matched the level of contagiousness or mortality.
    This is very much news for folks who need something to panic about on a daily basis.

  2. trump said the same
    ignoring his own health experts

    It simply isn't so

  3. HIV vaccine is pie in the sky, on the other hand they have very effective meds (anti-retrovirals) which are caleld a functional cure. HIV is not as contagious as flue or coronavirus - it can only be spread by intimate or blood blood contact - whilst corona from coughs and sneezes.

  4. Actually it is so. Take Iran and China's numbers out of the overall statistics and a pattern emerges - low level of transmission and a low level of mortality. The current thinking is that many more people are infected than we realize but only wound up suffering from what they thought was a common cold so they weren't included in the overall numbers.


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