The chief scientific adviser of Operation Warp Speed, a public-private partnership initiated by the Trump administration to facilitate and accelerate the development, manufacture and distribution of vaccines against Covid-19, Dr. Moncef Slaoui gave an interview to the chain of Sky News Arabia information. He discusses the stage of progress of the operation.
While Donald Trump, President of the United States, had promised that 100 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine would be manufactured before the end of the year and enough to vaccinate the 330 million Americans by the end of the year April 2021, “Mr. Vaccine” from the United States provided more details on the status of the project. In an interview with Sky News Arabia, Dr. Moncef Slaoui explained that the third stage of the trials would have to be validated first before knowing when the vaccine will be ready. However, his team expects to finalize the project within the next three months. The manufacturing phase will then remain, “but we are already exploring several possibilities,” said the advisor.
He added that Operation Warp Speed has successfully developed 6 types of vaccines so far. “If all of these vaccines are effective, we will have enough doses to vaccinate all Americans and maybe even give to other countries,” said Dr. Moncef Slaoui. He also touched on the United States’ lag behind Russia and China. “Personally, I think this is more of a political race than a technical one. It has nothing to do with competence. It is unimaginable to claim that Russian and Chinese vaccines will be approved after testing them on a dozen people. Phase 3 is very time consuming: it takes us two and a half months to vaccinate 30,000 people and then we wait 3 months to ensure results. It takes a lot of time. I hope for the Russians and the Chinese that the testing is done in the proper way. There are 7 billion people in the world who all need a vaccine and I hope all vaccines will work,” explained Dr. Moncef Slaoui.