Duke researchers discuss timeline for COVID-19 vaccine, clinical trials
While Dr. Fauci believes a COVID-19 vaccine could be available by 2021, Duke researchers working on the vaccine believe that could be a bit too optimistic. Here's a look at a potential vaccine timeline, according to Duke researchers.Posted — Updated
"Although you can never guarantee at all the safety and efficacy of a vaccine until you actually test it in the field, we feel cautiously optimistic," he said.
Researchers from Duke University are among those working tirelessly to create a vaccine.
The Duke researchers, however, do not agree with Fauci's suggested timeline of having a vaccine by 2021; instead, they said his timeline seems unrealistic
While it's possible some people will be able to get a vaccine by 2021, the consensus among Duke researchers was that it will not be generally, widely available by that time.
One Duke researcher in Singapore who is working on a vaccine said they are in the animal testing phase right now, but hope to move to clinical trials soon.
The researchers explained that it will take a while to learn if the vaccine is effective.
Then, there are practical considerations. Manufacturing millions or billions of vaccines will take a lot of time.
One researcher, David Ridley, said, "I respect that optimism. But will you and I be vaccinated this year? No way! I think it’s entirely possible, it’s possible that a vaccine will be approved this year. But not at scale. We won't have a lot of doses of this."
Duke researchers said they think this time next year is a more practical goal for when a vaccine might be widely available to the public.
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