US President Donald Trump says he is optimistic about having a coronavirus vaccine on the market by the end of this year or thereafter.
Former pharmaceutical executive Moncep Slaoui, Moncef Slaoui, picked by the White House to lead a crash development programme to develop coronavirus vaccine, said that early trial data suggests that “a few hundred million doses of vaccine” will be delivered by late 2020.
Speaking at a Rose Garden event on Friday, Trump reiterated that he wants to see states move forward with reopening their economies.
“We are back, vaccine or no vaccine,” Trump said, reports AP.
The US has been the hardest-hit country by coronavirus with the highest number of confirmed cases and deaths – more than 1,457,593 and 86,912 respectively, according to Wordometer.
Meanwhile, the global death tally from coronavirus pandemic reached 303,351 on Friday morning. Since it was first reported in China in December last year, coronavirus has infected more than half a million people.
The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the coronavirus crisis a pandemic on March 11. The virus is now affecting 212 countries and territories around the world and two international conveyances.
Meanwhile, confirmed coronavirus cases Bangladesh surged to 20,065 on Friday. The death toll has climbed to 298.