Coronavirus vaccine would be free for everyone in the US — Biden

Coronavirus vaccine would be free for everyone in the US -- Biden
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Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden said the coronavirus vaccine would be free for everyone in the US if he were president.

In an interview with CNBC, Biden stressed that he would make sure all the people in the US would get a free vaccine to ward off COVID-19.

“I tell you what, if one is found, I would make sure that every single person in America is able to get a vaccine, period, without any cost,” Biden said on “Squawk Box.”

“And I would do the same thing with testing right now.” The former vice president couched the health-care stance in economic terms, contrasting himself with President Donald Trump, who is pushing states to quickly reopen their economies.

“All this talk about reopening — people aren’t going to open until they have the confidence to know that if they gather together, they’re not going to get sick,” Biden added.

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Last week, President Donald Trump said he was “looking at” the possibility of allowing everyone to get the coronavirus vaccine for free in the US.

Vaccine availability

Dale Fisher, chair of the World Health Organization (WHO) Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network, said that a coronavirus vaccine will not be ready until the end of 2021.

He suggests that this time frame covers the necessary Phase 2 and 3 trials that will guarantee the safety and efficacy of a vaccine. He stressed the need to ramp up production and distribution. The actual administering of the vaccine would also be a factor.

According to Fisher, “we are currently on target” for a vaccine in 2021 with five Phase 1 studies currently underway.”

“We’ve always felt that by about April, May, we would be in Phase 1 studies, so this means a potential vaccine has been invented if you like; we’re now trying it on individuals, basically to see if it’s safe,” Fisher told CNBC’s “Street Signs Asia” in the first week of May.

The WHO announced that more than 100 vaccines are in the works worldwide as of April 30. At least eight potential vaccines are already in human trials.

However, there is no guarantee that the coronavirus vaccine is actually going to be effective, according to White House task force member Dr. Anthony Fauci.
Dr. Fauci said that there are still many unknowns. “You can have everything you think that’s in place and you don’t induce the kind of immune response that turns out to be protective and durably protective,” he said.

“So one of the big unknowns is, will it be effective? Given the way the body responds to viruses of this type, I’m cautiously optimistic that we will with one of the candidates get an efficacy signal.”

Coronavirus cases in the US

Data from Johns Hopkins University showed that the US coronavirus death toll is reaching 100,000 about five months since the confirmation of the first case of COVID-19 in the US. Meanwhile, the coronavirus cases in the US has reached over 1.57 million people across the country.

Trump told the press on Thursday that “we are not closing our country” if the spread of the virus rises again.

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