A coronavirus vaccine won’t be ready for distribution in 12 to 18 months as White House officials have assured the public, ousted federal vaccine scientist Dr. Rick Bright told Congress Thursday.
“A lot of optimism is swirling around a 12-to-18 month timeframe if everything goes perfectly. We’ve never seen everything go perfectly,” Bright told members of the House health subcommittee. “I still think 12 to 18 months is an aggressive schedule and I think it’s going to take longer than that to do so.”
White House advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci and other U.S. health officials have repeatedly said a vaccine could be ready in 12 to 18 months, but Bright said “it doesn’t mean for an FDA-approved vaccine.”
He said there might be data available to attest for a vaccine candidate’s safety by then, but whether or not the vaccine is effective is a separate question. President Donald Trump has gone further and said that he believes a vaccine will be ready by the end of the year.