Even as some medical experts prepare Americans for another spike in coronavirus cases, President Donald Trump is signaling apparent progress in the nation’s fight against the pandemic.
In a statement this week, he said that a COVID-19 vaccine could be available by the end of next month, as reported by the Daily Caller.
“Sometime during the month of October”
His optimistic forecast came during a press conference at the White House on Friday.
“We remain on track to deliver a vaccine before the end of the year, and maybe even before November 1st,” he said. “We think we could probably have it sometime during the month of October.”
The statement served as the Trump administration’s latest update in Operation Warp Speed, which a government fact sheet describes as an effort “to deliver 300 million doses of a safe, effective vaccine for COVID-19 by January 2021, as part of a broader strategy to accelerate the development, manufacturing, and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, therapeutics, and diagnostics (collectively known as countermeasures).”
As part of the operation, the administration has entered into agreements with several companies — including Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, Moderna, and AstraZeneca — to develop an effective coronavirus vaccine.
Congress has approved funding for the program, most notably through the CARES Act passed earlier this year.
“Rounding the corner”
Trump subsequently announced that two vaccines were prepared to enter phase-three trials, which include widespread human testing.
Reports have indicated that the results of those trials could be available by late October, coinciding with the timeline the president embraced this week.
Asserting that the U.S. might finally be “rounding the corner” against COVID-19, Trump said testing is in the “final stages” and predicted that results would be “shockingly good.”
While the Washington Times noted that the nation’s seven-day rolling average of coronavirus infections is trending down since the beginning of August, many experts say a vaccine will be the fastest and safest way to fully reopen the economy.
As Americans — and people around the world — await the path out of the ongoing global health crisis, Trump is striking the sanguine tone many are likely to find reassuring.