Health Official Contradicts Trump, Says Coronavirus Vaccine At Least A Year Away
A vaccine for the novel coronavirus is at least a year away, a top U.S. health official said on Wednesday, contradicting President Donald Trump’s recent statement that a vaccine is right around the corner.
Dr. Anthony Fauci from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases discussed the issue on CNN, saying that even phase one of vaccine safety trials is still a couple of months away, The Hill reported.
"In order to get a [coronavirus] 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 said.
Trump had said during a press conference in India on Tuesday that “we’re very close to a vaccine.”
The Trump administration has offered mixed messaging on just how significant a threat the virus poses to Americans.
On Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned that the disease is likely to spread in the U.S. and Americans should prepare for significant disruptions to daily life.
But White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow later downplayed the warning, insisting that the administration has contained the virus “pretty close to airtight.”
Trump said he will hold a coronavirus-related “news conference” later on Wednesday, The Hill reported.