Operation Warp Speed czar: Vaccine approval likely to be sought around Thanksgiving

Moncef Slaoui, PhD, the chief advisor of Operation Warp speed, the White House task force to develop a COVID-19 vaccine, said drugmakers establishing COVID-19 vaccines will start to seek FDA emergency approval around Thanksgiving, according to an Oct. 10 MarketWatch interview with the immunologist.

” We will know if a vaccine works … anytime late October, or November, or in December,” Dr. Slaoui informed MarketWatch. Possibly if we work like crazy we make it take place in two weeks.”.

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Dr. Slaouis estimated timeline comes days after the White House endorsed the FDAs new COVID-19 vaccine permission standards, which require a two-month observation duration after medical trial participants are provided the last dosage of the vaccine to see if there are any unfavorable negative effects. He called the requirement “reasonable” and “a great takeaway.”.

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” We will understand if a vaccine works … anytime late October, or November, or in December,” Dr. Slaoui informed MarketWatch. Maybe if we work like insane we make it occur in two weeks.”.

FDA standards also need that vaccines be at least 50 percent reliable in preventing COVID-19. Dr. Slaoui informed MarketWatch he expects the vaccines looking for emergency situation approval in the coming months to be between 80 and 90 percent efficient, stating he would be “extremely adversely surprised if it was closer to 50 percent.”.