Trump hopes for COVID-19 vaccine by end of year, 'maybe before'

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For the huge next step, working together so each potential vaccine is tested the same way instead of each company devising its own methods will further speed answers and allow accurate comparisons, Collins said.

In March, the White House launched a testing initiative, enlisting major pharmacy retailers like CVS, Walgreens and Rite Aid to set up drive-through testing sites throughout the country.

Trump's comments were consistent with those by Dr. Anthony Fauci, who, on Tuesday said that a handful of vaccines were in testing phases - one of which could potentially be ready for production by the fall.

"Again, it is not exclusively vaccine based", he said. They like me, and I like them.

On Friday, a group of truckers continued to lay on their air horns, interrupting the President of the United States as he addressed the nation from the White House.

"When you test, you have a case", the president said.

Hudson, who will meet with French President Emmanuel Macron next week, has been critical of Europe's capacity to develop and manufacture a vaccine for months. When he retired from GSK in 2017, the drugmaker had a vaccine for Ebola in development.

"My administration is providing roughly $10 billion to support a medical research effort without parallel", the president said, comparing the effort with the Manhattan Project during World War 2 that led to the development of nuclear weapons.

He framed the U.S. vaccine project as an effort unprecedented since World War II and repeated his goal of developing a vaccine by year's end - an ambitious timeline that his newly appointed vaccine czar said was attainable, even as other experts have said 12-18 months is a more realistic projection for when a vaccine might be available. Clinical trials are expected to begin next month.

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More than 100 such cases were reported from the US and 50 from European countries, triggering panic among parents. Turkovich said now the focus is on trying to find out what works best to treat this one.

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Fauci said his "modified quarantine" will consist of him staying at home as much as possible and teleworking for the next 14 days. Fauci said he may consider venturing to his office at the National Institutes of Health, where he would be the only one working.

No vaccine has been developed for any of the new coronaviruses that have broken out in the past two decades - including SARS and MERS.

"There's never been a vaccine project anywhere in history like this", he continued, in what appeared to be a break from the script, slicing the air with his right hand. "That was always our plan".

Responding to a question, Mr. Trump said the working with India on developing a vaccine for COVID-19.

"We think we're going to have some very good results coming out very quickly", he said. But Trump made clear Friday he does not share that view, insisting the economy is already rebounding as some states loosen their rules.

"We've had tremendous response to the hydroxy (chloroquine)", asserted Trump, who also criticized Bright for "fighting it" when he was running BARDA.

The ousted director of the federal government's vaccine agency told lawmakers, "We don't have a plan" to mass-produce and distribute a coronavirus vaccine.

Government experts evaluated some 100 vaccine candidates and identified 14 they believe have the best chance of succeeding.

But he added: "If we can get this vaccine out there even a day sooner than otherwise we might have, that's going to matter to somebody".

The World Health Organization sounded a cautious note on Thursday. We'll help them with delivery.

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