The American Vice President noted that some of them have already entered production.
Several vaccines for the new coronavirus may be ready for use in the United States by the end of this year. On Monday, the corresponding statement was made on the Fox News channel by Vice President of the United States Michael Pence.
“We see that the number of cases [of coronavirus infection] is growing in Central European countries. This is a global pandemic,” Pence said. “We can’t say it’s over until we get a safe and effective vaccine.
“At the moment, we are moving towards getting one or more safe coronavirus vaccines by the end of this year,” the US Vice President stressed. He noted that some of them have already entered production. “Once the US food and drug administration makes a decision that they are safe and effective, we can distribute millions of doses to the national population,” Pence concluded.
The US authorities provided $1.2 billion to the British-Swedish pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca, which is developing a vaccine and scientists from the University of Oxford (UK). The Washington administration also allocated $486 million to the American biotechnology company Moderna and $456 million to Johnson & Johnson. Merck and Pfizer are also developing a coronavirus vaccine in the United States. According to the White House, the US administration has invested $12 billion in these projects.
According to Johns Hopkins University, in the United States, more than 7.7 million infection cases with the new coronavirus were recorded. More than 214 thousand people died from complications caused by the infection. In these two indicators, the United States ranks first in the world.