WASHINGTON, Aug 5 (KUNA) -- US Secretary of Health and Human Services, Alex Azar, said Wednesday that the US, under President Donald Trump's administration, has made historic progress in the production of COVID-19 vaccine, as it currently has six potential vaccines.
"The US now has six vaccines that we've placed major investments in. Four of them have already reported out positive Phase One clinical trial results, and two of them are already in the advanced final Phase Three studies. Others will advance there soon," said Azar to FOX news.
The US will have tens of millions of doses of the vaccine that meet the strict standards of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) by the end of this year and hundreds of millions of doses of the vaccine by the beginning of next year, he added.
For his part, National Institutes of Health Director Dr. Anthony Fauci said in an interview with CNN that the US had suffered from the COVID-19 pandemic as much or worse than any other country.
Earlier today, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced a USD one billion agreement with pharmaceutical Johnson & Johnson company to acquire 100 million doses of the investigative COVID-19 vaccine. (end)