One of America's Largest Drug Companies Just Issued a Timeline for a Wuhan Coronavirus Vaccine

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Posted: May 05, 2020 2:00 PM
One of America's Largest Drug Companies Just Issued a Timeline for a Wuhan Coronavirus Vaccine

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On Tuesday morning Pfizer and its German partner company, BioNTech, announced human trials of a Wuhan coronavirus vaccine have started. Pfizer is one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the United States. Officials are also laying out a timeline for when it will be available.  

"Pfizer in its contribution to make a difference in the devastating pandemic has put together plans for having the vaccine in millions of doses...by October and the plans involve ramping up to tens-of-millions later this year and with the potential for hundreds-of-millions in 2021. It's a very quick plan," Pfizer  Chief Scientific Officer Dr. Mikael Dolsten told CNBC. "We are now participants, healthy participants, in the U.S. and Germany." 

Over the weekend President Trump said the United States could see a vaccine for Wuhan coronavirus by the end of the year.

"We are very confident we are going to have a vaccine by the end of this year, " Trump said during a town hall with Fox News. "We're pushing very hard and building supply lines." 

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"Many companies I think are close," he continued. "We're doing things at the FDA that have never happened before. We're getting approval." 

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