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Pence Predicts US Will Have Coronavirus Vaccine by Year's End

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Vice President Mike Pence (Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

By    |   Tuesday, 04 August 2020 02:03 PM

Vice President Mike Pence predicts the U.S. will have a COVID-19 vaccine “before the end of this year.”

During a Tuesday interview with SiriusXM’s "Breitbart News Daily," the vice president explained that the Trump administration has been involved in efforts to develop a vaccine since February.

“On Monday, one company known as Moderna went into Phase 3 clinical trials for the first coronavirus vaccine in the United States. Others were quick to follow that,” Pence told Breitbart News Editor-in-Chief and "Breitbart News Daily" host Alex Marlow about the progress on a COVID-19 vaccine. 

The chairman of the White House Coronavirus Task Force shared actions the administration has taken since the initial outbreak of the virus. He discussed Trump’s decision to restrict travel from China in January and how work on a vaccine began in February.

He said that the president “has never hesitated to move swiftly and decisively to put the health of America first” and praised Trump’s decision to take the “unprecedented step of suspending all travel from China.”

He highlighted the administration’s efforts to increase the availability of personal protective equipment, add ventilators to the strategic stockpile and conduct widespread testing with a revamped system.

“Now, nearly 60 million tests have been performed, virtually from a standing start four months ago on an old system,” Pence said.

“All of that is just a precursor to what this president has done in the development of therapeutics and vaccines. Literally within days in February of when the NIH [National Institutes of Health] first received the genetic coding for the coronavirus, we went to work on a vaccine,” he added. “In 62 days, the first clinical trials were initiated.”

He said the process to create a vaccine has been taking place at an “unprecedented pace.”

“Usually, vaccines literally take years and years and years to develop,” he said. “But what the president said was, 'We’re literally going to move at warp speed without compromising safety,' and we created a program where now you have half a dozen companies with very promising vaccines that we’re actually paying, Alex, to produce the vaccine as we complete the testing, so the very moment that a vaccine proves to be safe and effective — no corners cut, we’re going to do it exactly by the book through the FDA [Food and Drug Administration] — we’ll literally have tens of millions of doses available for the American people. And that’s the speed and the urgency the president has put behind this.”

He said he predicts the U.S. will have a “safe and effective vaccine” by the end of the year.

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Vice President Mike Pence predicts the U.S. will have a COVID-19 vaccine "before the end of this year." During a Tuesday interview with SiriusXM's "Breitbart News Daily," the vice president explained that the Trump administration has been involved in efforts to develop a...
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