Coronavirus vaccine will likely take 12 to 18 months: Top NIH official

Anthony Fauci said a potential vaccine would take a year and a half, and that the current focus should be on public health measures to contain the coronavirus.
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I had told this audience at the recent press briefing. That we had a number of vaccine candidates and one prototype went to give you it a feel for the timeframe. But the vaccine and what its impact might be now in its subsequent years. Is that I told you we would have a vaccine that we would be putting into trials see if it's safe. And if it induces a response that you would predict would be protective. In about three months. I think it's going to be a little bit less than that it's probably going to be closer to two months. That would then take about three months to determine if it's safe any minute Jenny which gives us six months. Then you graduate from a trial which is phase one of 45 people. To a trial that involves hundreds if not low thousands of people to determine efficacy. At the earliest and efficacy trial would take an additional six to eight months so although this is the fastest. We have ever gone. From a sequence of a virus. To a trial it's still would not be any applicable. To the epidemic. Unless we really wait about a year to a year and a half. Now that means two things one. The answer to containing is public health measures we can't be law in a vaccine. Over the next several months to a year.

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