NIH chief Francis Collins on COVID-19 Best response one people would find ‘too drastic’

Kim Hjelmgaard, a London-based world-affairs correspondent for USA TODAY, interviewed Francis Collins, the director of the National Institutes of Health, as part of ongoing coverage of the coronavirus pandemic . This is a lightly edited transcript of that interview. When will there be a vaccine? We are flat out on this. But everyone needs to recognize that even flat out for a vaccine means we’re a year to a year-and-a-half away. And that would be breaking the record by a factor of three or so given how long it usually takes to get something fully ready to be distributed to the public. Two days ago (March 16), the first volunteers were injected with a vaccine that is a collaboration between the NIH research center and a company called Moderna. There are 45 volunteers in Washington state and this will be our opportunity to find out whether it generates any […]

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