“I just want to make something clear. It’s very important. Vaccine or no vaccine, we’re back. And we’re starting a process.” That’s what President Donald Trump said today in the Rose Garden as he announced new leadership for “Operation Warp Speed,” an executive program that aims to rapidly develop, manufacture, and distribute 300 million doses of an effective COVID-19 vaccine to the United States by January 2021. Trump announced the project would be led by the former head of GlaxoSmithKline’s vaccines division, Moncef Slaoui, PhD. Slaoui addressed reporters, on what he called the most aggressive vaccine project in history. “I have very recently seen early data from a clinical trial with a coronavirus vaccine and this data made me feel even more confident that we’ll be able to deliver a few hundred million doses of vaccine by the end of 2020 and we will do the best we can,” he said.

 

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