WASHINGTON, April 22: Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Stephen Hahn said Wednesday he did not anticipate a production of a vaccine for novel coronavirus before March 2021.
In an interview with CBS news, Hahn said experts still estimated it could take a year or 12-18 months to develop a vaccine against the virus.
“That means a vaccine would not be available until around March 2021,” he said, “but we’re really trying to accelerate the efforts.”
Hahn wanred against possible second wave of coronavirus next winter. “The whole task force set of doctors is concerned about the second wave,” he added.
“That’s why we have built into the plan the surveillance mechanisms to look for the respiratory illnesses and then to do the appropriate testing at that time,” he said.
Hahn said surveillance and testing would be a critical part of the reopening plan to “allow us to move forward.”(KUNA) –