US drugs regulator chief doubted President Donald Trump’s coronavirus vaccine prediction, that a will be ready this year, said CNN.
US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner, Dr. Stephen Hahn, said:
“I can’t predict when a vaccine will be available.”
Hahn noted that vaccine development would be “based upon the data and science”.
This Hahn’s response when asked about the timeframe after President Trump suggested that a “vaccine solution.”
Trump said during his Independence Day address at the White House.
“I want to send our thanks to the scientists and researchers around the country,
“…and even around the world, who are at the forefront of our historic effort
He is referring to “rapidly develop and deliver life-saving treatments and ultimately a vaccine,”
“We are unleashing our nation’s scientific brilliance
“we’ll likely have a therapeutic and/or vaccine solution long before the end of the year.”
WHO’s Dire Prediction
The head of the World Health Organization (WHO), warned in June that scientists may never be able to create an effective vaccine soon.
WHO chief Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus reportedly said:
“The estimate is we may have a vaccine within one year,”
“If accelerated, it could be even less than that, but by a couple of months.
That’s what scientists are saying.”
Other experts have suggested a Covid-19 vaccine will not be available until at least mid-2021.
Bubonic Plague Is Back In China
Authorities in the Chinese region of Inner Mongolia are on high alert after a suspected case of bubonic plague,
According to CNN, that disease was the one that caused the Black Death pandemic.
The case was discovered in the city of Bayannur, located northwest of Beijing, according to state-run Xinhua news agency.
A hospital alerted municipal authorities of the patient’s case on Saturday.
By Sunday, local authorities had issued a citywide Level 3 warning for plague prevention, the second-lowest in a four-level system.
The warning will stay in place until the end of the year, according to Xinhua.