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Reasonable to expect some coronavirus vaccine by year-end: US Army vaccine researcher

US Defense Secretary Mark Esper vowed on May 15 that the US military and other parts of the government would, in collaboration with the private sector, produce a vaccine at scale to treat the American people and partners abroad by year-end

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A senior US Army vaccine researcher said it was reasonable to expect that some sort of coronavirus vaccine could be available to part of the US population by the end of the year.

Defense Secretary Mark Esper vowed on May 15 that the US military and other parts of the government would, in collaboration with the private sector, produce a vaccine at scale to treat the American people and partners abroad by year-end.

Colonel Wendy Sammons-Jackson, director of the US Military Infectious Disease Research Program, told a Pentagon news briefing it was “reasonable to expect that there will be some form of a vaccine that could be available at some level, to a certain population, by the end of the year.”

Another Army researcher, Dr Kayvon Modjarrad, said researchers were learning about the new virus “faster than we have about any other virus before.”

“So, going to a vaccine in a matter of months, from concept all the way to Phase 3 clinical trials and potentially licensure is unprecedented. But in this case I think very much is possible.”

Army researchers said work was underway with US and international companies, including AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson, Moderna and Sanofi SA, to develop anti-body drugs and vaccines and the military planned to test its own vacc