It has never been this fast. Countries and manufacturers are working on a corona vaccine at record speed. In China, the military has already been given the go-ahead for the use of a Covino 19 vaccine candidate from Cansino Biologics.
Trump is also moving forward. The US government has released $ 10 billion for Operation Warp Speed to further accelerate the development of a vaccine. As “Politico” reports, teams from the military and coast guard are now stationed in a command center on the seventh floor of the Ministry of Health.
In the next three months, three coronavirus vaccines are to be investigated in large-scale clinical studies. The government plans to deliver 300 million doses of vaccine by January.
Fauci would be satisfied with 70 percent effectiveness
But in the end all efforts could be of no use, feared the American chief virologist Anthony Fauci (79). It is “unlikely” that the US will achieve herd immunity – even with a working vaccine, the leading corona expert said in an interview with “CNN”. He warns: A “general anti-science, anti-governmental, anti-vaccination mood” will frustrate vaccination efforts. In plain language: opponents of vaccination endanger society.
Trump’s corona expert sees black in the face of the powerful anti-vaccination movement, which is also active in Switzerland. The health professional’s demands for a vaccine are already low. He would be “satisfied” with a vaccine that was only 70 to 75 percent effective. “The best thing we’ve ever done is measles vaccination, which is 97 to 98 percent effective,” said Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID). «It would be wonderful if we get there. But I don’t think we’ll do that. »
A large proportion of Americans are refusing a possible corona vaccine, according to current surveys. A survey by «CNN» showed that a third of the population does not want to be vaccinated – even if the vaccine is available and inexpensive. As a result, a possible corona vaccine loses further effectiveness. Fauci’s conclusion: A vaccine that is only 70 to 75 percent effective and is administered to only two thirds of the Americans is not enough for herd immunity in the country.
Europe’s borders remain tight for Americans
The corona virus continues to spread in the United States. While early corona epicentres like New York are in control of the situation, the number of infections is rising rapidly in numerous countries. Around 45,000 new cases were reported on Monday alone.
Europe is concerned about developments. Today, Tuesday, the EU wants to announce which countries outside the Schengen area are considered “Corona-safe” to enable entry and exit. One thing is clear: For Americans, the limits remain tight for the time being due to the high number of infections.