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NIH 'optimistic' COVID-19 vaccine by end of 2020

The Associated Press
Updated: July 02, 2020 01:58 PM

Dr. Francis Collins, Director of the U.S. National Institutes of Health said Thursday that "we are all optimistic" that the Trump administration's vaccine-acceleration program "Operation Warp Speed" will produce a safe and effective vaccine for COVID-19 by year end, and able to provide 300 million doses by early 2021.

Collins said, "The goal that we have set to have a vaccine that works and is safe by the end of 2020 will be met" by one of the several vaccines candidates.  

Testifying at a hearing held by a subcommittee of the Senate Committee on Appropriations, Collins added that the U.S. is also targeting having 1 million rapid, on-site tests per day sometime around September to enable schools reopening and sports events.

"By fall we expect that the winning technologies will make it possible to deploy several million more tests each week," he said.

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