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Trump Touts Once-in-a-Generation Effort to Develop COVID-19 Vaccine

President Donald Trump hailed his administrations effort to develop a COVID-19 vaccine as a once-in-a-generation push that would “achieve a victory over the virus by unleashing Americas scientific genius” in record time.

Trump said during a visit to Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies in Morrisville, North Carolina, on July 27 that the joint public-private program to develop a vaccine, dubbed “Operation Warp Speed,” has shaved years off the time it typically takes to develop one, “while maintaining the FDA gold standard for safety.”

“This is the fastest a vaccine for a novel pathogen has ever gone,” Trump said, referring to the CCP virus, the novel coronavirus that emerged from China last year and spread into a global pandemic that has paralyzed nations and thrown economies into lockdown.

Operation Warp Speed is a novel approach to the development, testing, manufacturing, and delivery of a vaccine, under a paradigm that involves overlapping phases of vaccine development that shortens the time-to-market for a viable candidate.

“Instead of the usual sequence of vaccine development, testing, and trials, followed by production, our strategy is to conduct these phases simultaneously,” Trump said.

A researcher works on virus replication
A researcher works on virus replication in order to develop a vaccine against COVID-19, in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, on March 26, 2020. (Douglas Magno/AFP/Getty Images)

Dubbed the “pandemic paradigm” of vaccine production, the process was described in detail in a scientific paper published in the New England Journal of Medicine by researchers at the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovation (CEPI), an international nongovernmental organization.

Because of the cost and high failure rates, vaccine developers typically follow a linear sequence, pausing many times to analyze data and check their manufacturing processes. While that saves money by preventing misinvestment in non-viable vaccines, it drags out the development process.

“Everything goes at one time. Were not waiting and waiting and waiting,” Trump said. “Were mass producing all of the most promising vaccine candidates in advance so that on day one that its approved, itll be available to the American people immediately.”

“And well probably have a lot for a lot of other people throughout the world,” the president added.

The Moderna vaccine has entered phase three of clinical trials, the final stage before approval, Trump noted, adding that a second vaccine would likely enter phase three “in a matter of days.”

Operation Warp Speed has provided funding to multiple promising vaccine candidates, including via a $1.6 billion investment in Novavax, a $483 million contract with Moderna, a $1.2 billion contract with AstraZeneca, a $465 million contract with Janssen, and a $1.95 billion agreement with Pfizer.

“Tremendous progress is being made with all of those great companies,” Trump said, adding that the contract with Pfizer includes a guarantee to deliver 100 million doses almost immediately after the vaccine is approved, with an option to buy another 500 million doses.

“Not only is Operation Warp Speed accelerating the development of a vaccine, were also directing a colossal industrial mobilization to ensure its rapid delivery. Nothing has happened like this since theRead More From Source

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