News Outlets Examine U.S. Efforts To Develop Coronavirus Vaccine, Therapeutics

CBS 60 Minutes: Inside the Operation Warp Speed effort to get Americans a COVID-19 vaccine
“While the rest of the country has been counting votes, an Army general named Gus Perna has been counting doses of vaccine. He is in charge of Operation Warp Speed, the catchy title given to the crash program to inoculate 300 million Americans against the coronavirus by next spring…” (Martin, 11/8).

MedPage Today: Fauci, NIAID Look to Past to Inform Future of COVID-19 Therapies
“In developing therapeutic agents for COVID-19, researchers learned from the lessons of past viruses, from HIV to Ebola to even flu, experts at an NIH webinar said. … Anthony Fauci, MD, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), discussed prior experience in studying the replication cycle for the HIV virus…” (Walker, 11/6).

NPR: Operation Warp Speed’s Logistics Chief Weighs In On Vaccine Progress
“A top U.S. Army general who is co-leading the federal COVID-19 vaccine initiative anticipates that the first of millions of Americans could start receiving COVID-19 vaccines as soon as next month. ‘I think a safe and effective vaccine will be available initially in December,’ Gen. Gustave Perna told NPR’s Mary Louise Kelly in an interview Monday…” (11/9).

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