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 will produce a safe and effective vaccine for COVID-19 by year end. (July 2)
FRANCIS COLLINS: We need to enroll 30,000 volunteers, and that should take a matter of some months. We are all optimistic that 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 vaccines-- I've just mentioned one, but of course there are several all being conducted side by side-- and that we would then have by early 2021 300 million doses of a vaccine that's safe and effective.
I think the ability to do things so quickly is not compromising safety. It's taking advantage of other areas where we can speed things up even though it may involve doing manufacturing at risk when we don't know yet whether that vaccine is going to work and ultimately throw out a lot of what gets manufactured if it doesn't work. But there will be no compromise at all on the safety and the efficacy standards. That is absolutely clear.
By fall, we expect that the winning technologies will make it possible to deploy several million more tests each week. In fact, I would say maybe more than a million more each day.