The company stressed the drug is not yet licensed or approved anywhere globally and has not demonstrated to be safe or effective for coronavirus treatment.
President Donald Trump’s top medical advisers, led by infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci, have repeatedly said a coronavirus vaccine won’t be ready for 12 months to 18 months. Michael Caputo, a spokesman for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, said the president is refusing to accept that timeline and is encouraging a breakthrough process.
“Operation Warp Speed is clearly another extension of President Trump’s bold leadership and unwillingness to accept ‘business as usual’ approaches to addressing the COVID-19 crisis,” Caputo said.
Models show states opening prematurely leads to more coronavirus deaths
On Thursday, Fauci said new cases of the coronavirus are a certainty as states begin to roll back restrictions. States need to proceed carefully as they take steps to reopen businesses and allow greater freedom of movement, Fauci said.
His warnings came a day after Trump said the federal government would not extend its social distancing guidelines past Thursday. Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law and adviser, predicted that by July the country would be “really rocking again,” despite health experts assessing that as highly unlikely.