Scientific American: Don’t Expect a COVID Vaccine before the Election

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In early September, President Trump predicted that there would be a coronavirus vaccine available before the election on November 3rd. Although new drugs typically go through lengthy and rigorous trials before approval, vaccines for COVID-19 are expected to be released under emergency use authorization protocols. The Food and Drug Administration will hold a meeting on October 22 to address standards for efficacy, safety, and manufacturing of COVID-19 vaccines. Despite this, having the vaccine available before the election is out of the question due to the two-month observation period set by the FDA. The emergency use authorization could, however, make the vaccine be available to front-line workers by early 2021. For more information on COVID-19 vaccines, click here. For more information on vaccines, click here.

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