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Donald Trump says coronavirus vaccine will be ready by end of 2020

Donald Trump says coronavirus vaccine will be ready by end of 2020
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Donald Trump has claimed a Covid-19 vaccine will be ready by the end of the year. Answering questions at a virtual town hall Sunday night, the president said: ‘We think we’ll have a vaccine by the end of this year and we’re pushing very hard.  ‘We’re building supply lines … we have many companies who are, I think close, we are very confident we’re going to have a vaccine by the end of the year…we’re pushing very hard for it. Many companies are, I think, close.’ Trump made his prediction after saying he’d been having regular meetings with the bosses of pharmaceutical companies, and said he did not care whether foreign researchers found a successful preventative before the United States, as long as Americans could use it too. White House immunologist Dr Anthony Fauci and other experts have warned any successful vaccine is likely to be at least a year off, with widespread testing necessary before any promising preventative can be deemed safe and mass-produced. Other scientists highlight the lack of a vaccine for Ebola – discovered in 1976 – and HIV – first seen in 1981 – as evidence that Covid-19 may evade efforts to develop a shot that could prevent people being infected with it.

Last week, the US Food and Drug Administration approved anti-viral drug Remdesivir as a treatment for Covid-19. It was authorized as an emergency treatment after widespread tests across the world showed it reduced the amount of time it took Covid-19 patients to recover from 15 days to 11 days. The drug, originally developed to try and treat Ebola, is not a cure for coronavirus, with manufacturer Gilead now mass-producing it in a bid to help sufferers. Covid-19 has so far infected at least 1.18million Americans and over 68,000 deaths.

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