White House prepares to develop a next generation of COVID-19 vaccines.
On Tuesday, July 26, the Biden administration held summit with key federal officials, top scientists, and pharmaceutical executives including Pfizer and Moderna’s representatives as it pushed for “next generation” COVID-19 vaccines. These vaccines are expected to offer broader and more durable protection against the virus.
In an interview, White House COVID-19 response coordinator Ashish Jha says, “These are vaccines that are going to be far more durable, that are going to provide far longer-lasting protection, no matter what the virus does or how it evolves,”.
“If we can drive down infections by 90% … Covid really begins to fade into the background and becomes just one more respiratory illness that we have to deal with.” Jha added.
Meanwhile, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Anthony Fauci highlighted that the effort aims to develop COVID-19 immunizations that would stand in the way of future corona virus variants and drastically reduce rates of virus infection and transmission.
“The goal of that is not only to protect against disease, but to protect against acquisition, and by acquisition, transmission,” Fauci said.
In the recent months, White House struggled in convincing Americans that the federal COVID response has been a success while reminding them that pandemic remains a present danger.
With global pandemic still going on, all government initiatives are risky, both scientific and political. Lawmakers may be unwillingly to fund efforts like this.
p class=”MsoNormal” style=”text-align: justify”>Nevertheless, Biden administration is setting a challenging goal.
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