Scientists working as part of the White House’s “Operation Warp Speed” to develop a vaccine for the coronavirus have identified 14 vaccines to focus on for development, an administration official told CNN’s Jim Acosta.
CNN’s Sara Murray reports "Operation Warp Speed" was a name chosen by the scientists working on all the challenges that surround vaccine deployment. They are already working on solutions to quickly ramp up production, organize distribution and determine who gets the first doses of the vaccine.
US President Donald Trump said Sunday night at a Fox News town hall, "We are very confident we are going to have a vaccine by the end of the year."
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert, told NBC on Thursday it’s possible there could be a vaccine by early next year.
"You don't wait until you get an answer before you start manufacturing -- you at risk proactively start making it, assuming it's going to work, and if it does, then you can scale up and hopefully get to that timeline," Fauci said.
"So we want to go quickly, but we want to make sure it's safe and it's effective. I think that is doable."