Here’s when you could be getting vaccinated.
Recently on MSNBC, AstraZeneca CEO Ruud Dobber stated that he was confident the company could produce 100 million doses of coronavirus vaccine in October.
According to Breitbart, MSNBC’s Chuck Todd stated, “What makes the United States government’s billion dollars to you guys, what does that give you the resources to do?”
Dobber responded, “Well, first of all, we are very pleased, of course, with this agreement. It’s a very substantial agreement, and we really would like to thank Secretary Azar and HHS for that collaboration in this crisis. And to help us further develop the vaccine. The vaccine is one of the most promising vaccines in development. We are working with Oxford Group, a very well known group, on this vaccine for quite some time. This amount of money helps us to deliver 100 million doses to the American citizens in October and another 200 million at the end of 2020, beginning of 2021. So it’s a massive effort in order to make it happen. But we’re very committed in order to do that.”
Todd then asked, “Are you saying you think you’re going to have a workable vaccine in six months? And that 100 million doses are going to be available to the United States citizens? That’s a realistic timetable?
Dobber responded, “We are doing everything, of course, we are in unprecedented times. We all agree with that. There’s a tragedy ongoing in the world both from a personal perspective, as well as from an economic perspective. And we have a huge commitment as an organization in order to make that available. First of all, of course, the vaccine needs to work. As we speak, you mentioned that we have currently vaccinated thousands of volunteers in the United Kingdom. We hope to see the results relatively soon. Assuming that the vaccine shows safety and, to a certain extent, efficacy, we will start large clinical trials in the United States as well as in other parts of the world over the summer period in June, July. Equally, as we speak, we’re beefing up our manufacturing capabilities, and we are confident that we will be able to deliver 100 million doses in October, assuming, of course, the vaccine is working.”
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