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US FDA Hahn commissioner refuses to offer COVID-19 vaccine timing

Commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Stephen Hahn has refused to offer a timeline for the COVID-19 vaccine, which US President Donald Trump suggested could be available "long before the end of the year".

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Washington Published on: July 06, 2020 8:00 IST
US FDA commissioner refuses to offer COVID-19 vaccine timing
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US FDA commissioner refuses to offer COVID-19 vaccine timing

Commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Stephen Hahn has refused to offer a timeline for Covid-19 vaccine, which US President Donald Trump suggested could be available "long before the end of the year".

"I can't predict when a vaccine will be available," Hahn told a leading media outlet on Sunday, Xinhua reported.

"We are seeing unprecedented speed for the development of a vaccine. But ... our solemn promise to the American people is that we will make a decision based upon the data and science on a vaccine, with respect to the safety and effectiveness of that vaccine."

During a Fourth of July address in Washington on Saturday, Trump said the country is likely to have a therapeutic and/or vaccine solution long before the end of the year.

Hahn said Thursday that he was "cautiously optimistic" about current efforts to develop a coronavirus vaccine, pointing to "year's end or early next year" as potential completion dates.

More than 2,852,000 Covid-19 cases have been reported in the United States with the fatalities surpassing 129,700 as of Sunday afternoon, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University.

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