President Donald Trump recently claimed that the United States has two million doses of the novel coronavirus vaccine "ready to go" when scientists have confirmed that the medication is safe and effective.
According to CNBC, Trump claimed that scientists had made progress on the quest for a vaccine, with many experts hopeful that a drug might be available by late 2020 or early 2021.
"Tremendous progress is being made on vaccines," Trump said during a Friday morning press conference from the White House. "In fact, we're ready to go in terms of transportation and logistics. We have over two million ready to go if it checks out for safety."
Though Trump did not give reporters a specific timeline for distribution of the potential vaccine, he emphasized that Americans should expect more vaccine news in the coming months.
"I think you're going to have some very positive surprises and therapeutics likewise we're doing extremely well. Cures, we're doing well."
As reported earlier this week, the Trump administration selected five specific biotech companies to work with throughout the pandemic -- including Moderna Inc, Johnson & Johnson, AstraZeneca, and Pfizer, per Reuters. Reuters reportage suggests that these are the companies most likely to develop a vaccine, and that these companies have recieved -- and will continue to receive -- "additional government funds, help in running clinical trials, and financial and logistical support."
Moderna made waves in May, announcing that its first human vaccine trial was a success, as reported by The Inquisitr. Second phase trials will commence soon.
Many have speculated that one of the five companies working with the Trump administration is the firm holding 2 million vaccine doses, though Trump did not specifically confirm this.
The president's comments were echoed by White House health advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci earlier this week. The prominent health expert claimed that there are at least four trials for potential vaccines that he was either "directly or indirectly" involved with. Fauci added that "we hope to have" a couple million doses of the drug by the beginning of 2021.
That said, Fauci also urged caution, as many have pinned their hopes on the elusive promise of vaccination. Fauci claimed that a vaccine would likely only be effective for a short period of time due to the virus's ability to mutate.
"The reports in the literature are that the durability of immunity that's protective ranges from three to six months to almost always less than a year."