Vice President Mike Pence spoke in Miami as the biggest test yet of an experimental COVID-19 vaccine got underway Monday. He visited one of the sites where the clinical trial will take place. (July 27)
MIKE PENCE: Today is a historic day. Because today, here at the University of Miami, we will begin the first phase 3 clinical trial for a coronavirus vaccine in the United States. We are going to ensure that we move at a safe and effective pace. And I want to assure the people of Florida and people all across this country that we will cut no corners in the development of this or any vaccine.
SUSANNE DOBLECKI-LEWIS: We're incredibly excited to begin this process here at the University of Miami. And we're really amazed and humbled by the number of volunteers who have already stepped forward to be a part of this trial.
MIKE PENCE: Because it's important to note that under Operation Warp Speed, we're not even waiting to the end of clinical trials to create the vaccines. Whether it be Moderna or was announced last week with-- with Pfizer, we're actually having these companies produce the vaccines as we speak. And as soon as they are confirmed to be safe and effective, we'll have tens of millions of doses able to distribute across the country.
Our medical experts believe it's-- it's not if, it's when. We believe that this and other potential vaccines are sowing-- showing such great promise that we believe that we will have a vaccine by late this year or early next at the latest. We're going to continue to drive toward that without in any way compromising the safety.