According to two people familiar with the matter, the Trump administration is quietly organizing a "Manhattan Project"-style effort to drastically cut the time needed to develop a COVID-19 vaccine, with a goal to have 100 million doses ready by the end of the year, reported Bloomberg.
Dubbed "Operation Warp Speed," the program will pull together private pharmaceutical companies, government agencies and the military to try to cut the development time for a vaccine by as much as eight months, one of the people said.
Michael Caputo, a spokesman for the Department of Health and Human Services, said President Donald Trump has refused to accept the timeline for standard vaccine development and encouraged a breakthrough process.
Trump's top medical advisers, led by the infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci, have repeatedly said that a coronavirus vaccine will not be ready for 12 to 18 months at best.
The project will cost billions of dollars, one of the people said, and "it will almost certainly result in significant waste by making inoculations at scale before knowing if they’ll be safe and effective," the news source said.
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