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BY Sept. 2 billion doses of a coronavirus vaccine

BY:  Lucy Handly

 

  • AstraZeneca plans to distribute 1 billion doses of a coronavirus vaccine to low and middle-income countries, with 400 million available this year.

 

  • In addition, the U.S. and U.K. are set to be sent 400 million vaccine doses between them, starting in September.

 

  • The vaccine, named AZD1222, was originally developed by Oxford University in the U.K.

 

Pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca is aiming to produce 2 billion doses of a coronavirus vaccine, including 400 million for the U.S. and U.K. and 1 billion for those in low- and middle-income countries. 

 

It plans to start distributing the vaccine to the U.S. and U.K. in September or October, with the balance of deliveries likely to be made by early 2021, according to AstraZeneca CEO Pascal Soriot, on a call with journalists Thursday.

 

AstraZeneca said it had signed a licensing deal with the Serum Institute of India to provide 1 billion doses to low- and middle-income countries, with 400 million of those shots set to be delivered by the end of 2020, according to a press release Thursday.

 

The vaccine, named AZD1222, was originally developed by Oxford University in the U.K. and AstraZeneca is working with pharmaceutical industry partners to manufacture and distribute the drug.

Soriot said the distribution was dependent on clinical trials taking place by August. Clinical trials and manufacturing are set to occur concurrently, which is an unprecedented move for the pharmaceutical industry because of the risk of producing a drug that might not work.

 

“We are very focused and very committed. When you have something like this with this sort of pandemic and the tremendous impact it has on people, the economy, et cetera, you can’t second-guess what’s going to happen. You can’t spend your time figuring out is it going to work or not going to work, you just have to commit. … We come in and make a bet on some of these things,” Soriot said on the call.

 

Oxford University’s Jenner Institute has worked with the Oxford Vaccine Group to develop the AZD1222 vaccine that includes a protein of the SARS CoV-2 virus strain, which causes the coronavirus disease known as Covid-19. It is currently testing the drug in around 10,000 adult volunteers. So far it has been “safe and well-tolerated,” according to AstraZeneca’s press release.

 

Asked whether the vaccine will work, Soriot said, “The chance of the vaccine working I would say we all have pretty good hope from what we’ve seen so far, but we can’t be sure of course,” adding that the company is creating a comprehensive database of safety information and expects to eventually have clinical trials with more than 50,000 volunteers taking part.
 

Trials are running concurrently with manufacturing to make the vaccine available as early as possible, according to Richard Hatchett, CEO of the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations, which is working with AstraZeneca on the drug’s production. “Obviously, if the vaccine is successful, placing that early bet on the manufacturing gives a huge payoff because you end up with tens or even hundreds of millions of doses that become available at the earliest possible moment,” he said on the call with journalists Thursday.

 

“We believe we can get the vaccine to hundreds of millions of people around the world, importantly, including those in the countries with the lowest income. So our goal is really to not leave anybody behind,” Soriot said.

 

On Thursday, governments and businesses said they would give $8.8 billion to a vaccine alliance known as Gavi, which is backed by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The foundation and the World Health Organization have created a mechanism known as the Access to Covid-19 Tools Accelerator to make sure the vaccine is distributed fairly.

 

 

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Great news for America and the world.  Operation Warp Speed is successful and is getting it done.

 

 

 

 

 

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Everyone wants a COVID-19 vaccine (well, maybe not the anti-vaxxers, but that's a different subject) and want it ASAP, but there are caveats.

 

From the article in the OP:

 

"Clinical trials and manufacturing are set to occur concurrently, which is an unprecedented move for the pharmaceutical industry because of the risk of producing a drug that might not work.

 

'We are very focused and very committed. When you have something like this with this sort of pandemic and the tremendous impact it has on people, the economy, et cetera, you can’t second-guess what’s going to happen. You can’t spend your time figuring out is it going to work or not going to work, you just have to commit. … We come in and make a bet on some of these things,' Soriot said on the call."

 

Please note that the distribution is set to concur with clinical trials which means that the drug will NOT necessarily be available for widespread use. 

 

Soriot BETS that it will work based on the results "so far" of 10,000 adult volunteers. 

 

"Asked whether the vaccine will work, Soriot said, 'The chance of the vaccine working I would say we all have pretty good hope from what we’ve seen so far, but we can’t be sure of course,' adding that the company is creating a comprehensive database of safety information and expects to eventually have clinical trials with more than 50,000 volunteers taking part.

 

I am glad everything, so far, is looking good, but I am going to hold off on doing a happy dance just yet.

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There is literally nobody who doesn't want a working vaccine.  But what happens when you do a rush job on just about anything?   You tend to make more mistakes than if you had taken your time...

 

https://www.aamc.org/news-insights/here-s-why-we-can-t-rush-covid-19-vaccine 

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I say the more we have working for a vaccine the better and that is what is happening. People should applaud the fact that we have Operation Warp Speed.

With Polo we also had a rush to find a vaccine and one was found.


Jonas Salk became a national hero when he allayed the fear of polio with his vaccine, approved in 1955. Although it was the first polio vaccine, it was not to be the last; Albert Sabin introduced an oral vaccine in the 1960s that replaced Salk's
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@KidBoy2 wrote:

With Polo we also had a rush to find a vaccine and one was found.

Was it Marco?  Or was it a Ralph Lauren?

"FAKE 45 #illegitimate" read a sign at the Woman's March in DC, 1/27/2017
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Great news for America and the world. Operation Warp Speed is successful and is getting it done.

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And we have some that seem to not want to get it done. Me think they have have Trump Derangement Syndrome and are afraid that Trump will get some credit for his effort to speed up find a vaccine . What is wrong with some people!!
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If Trump decided to wait until science comes up with a vaccine at normal speed, the loony left would be complaining.  They are complaining that he wants a cure at "warp speed" so they have a problem with that also.

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Trump has had nothing to do with the development of this potential vaccine other than bragging and trying to take credit for another country's accomplishment.

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I would love to see a vaccine by September.  It's not American, though.   What does it have to go through to be approved by the US? 

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Did you even read the first paragraph of the article you posted? If you had you would know that the title you chose for this thread was a lie.

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THATS want I want to see .  A public commitment  by the administration.  I think every city in America ought to be scheduling a "2 Billion doses of vaccine" day for Sept 30.  Just to make sure we remember the commitment  Trump has made.  That way, if they, once again, do not deliver, we can use it to hold a wake for the Trump administration just before election day. 

 

Remember, everything Trump touches fails. 

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Whenever you see someone from Trump World uploading information that flies in the face of the science we've been told, there has to be a catch. They only upload a science related article if they believe it will make their Supreme Leader in the White House look good.

 

Sure enough, there is a major catch, please keep reading. Soriot declined to give specific odds on whether this vaccine would work. [My comment, they don't even know if this will work.]

 

In other words, this is an EXPERIMENTAL VACCINE. They don't know if it will work, and they certainly don't know if it will be safe. That's why vaccine trials take many months to complete. But never expect Trump Cult members to believe in scientific methodology.

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To the SILLY nonsense posted as this topic, I say....

 

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We don't even have a vaccine yet and the Trump World is saying a company is going to produce MILLIONS in 90 days!

 

The false hopes need to stop.  Maybe they could actually focus on attaining EQUAL JUSTICE by September!  Focus on the easy, self-inflicted virus first!


"FAKE 45 #illegitimate" read a sign at the Woman's March in DC, 1/27/2017
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Please bear in mind the folks who think this is amazing news are the same people who had the same enthusiasm for drinking bleach and having UV colonoscopies and who worship an Orange Toad who took HydroxCloroxd for 2 weeks to conceal the fact his FIRST miracle cure proved to kill more patients than it helped..

 

The drug AZD1222 has not been tested on anyone over 56 or under 12, and there's only fragmentary evidence it does any good whatsoever. But when the one you worship is responsible for 2,000,000 infections and 105,000 deaths, you'll grab any straw to try and divert attention from the disaster that is tRumpvid20.

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@jimc91    Regarding your optimistic day in which we will see a working vaccine.

 

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