Bourla's emphasis on having data in October "is what got many of us concerned, whether it was inadvertently playing into the political pressure or just because the incentives were aligned", Topol said.
Maine's system for distributing an eventual COVID-19 vaccine will prioritize racial equity and protecting health care workers and the elderly, according to a plan the state submitted to the federal government on Friday.
"Each of the information in our United States program could be assessed not only by the FDA's scientists but also by an outside panel of independent experts at a publicly held assembly convened by the bureau".
This is for the first time that a leading Western vaccine developer has provided such a specific timeline to roll-out the eagerly awaited vaccine, reported the Wall Street Journal.
He said the vaccine must be safe, effective, and consistently manufactured to the highest standards.
Soumya Swaminathan, WHO chief scientist, said there are 11 vaccines globally in late-stage testing and another 200 candidates under development. "This means we may know whether or not our vaccine is effective by the end of October", he said.
It didn't say when it might apply for similar authorization in other countries.
A BioNTech spokeswoman confirmed the time frame for the possible EUA application to the FDA.
AstraZeneca and J&J each have been forced to hit pause on their trials to investigate an unexplained illness in their respective trials. The company pointed out that illnesses, even severe cases, "are an expected part of any clinical study, especially large studies".
"In North Dakota, we have a close connection with health care, nonprofits, community groups and others that has strengthened our response to COVID-19", said Kylie Hall with the NDSU Center for Immunization Research and Education and member of the vaccine planning team.
The president's rush to a vaccine has also raised concerns that the US Food and Drug Administration, acting in haste, might not conduct an adequate review of the vaccine.
The upshot is the USA could roll out a vaccine before the end of the year, inoculating health care workers and first responders first.
Experts estimate that at least 70% of roughly 330 million Americans would need to be immune through a vaccine or prior infection to achieve what is known as herd immunity, which occurs when enough people are immune to prevent the spread of the virus to those unable to get a vaccine.
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The iPhone 12 mini , iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max all debuted during Tuesday's online Apple event. In addition to the iPhone 12 , Apple made another important announcement that did not pass so much notice.