Reuters/Ipsos poll: A quarter of Americans are hesitant about a coronavirus vaccine

Potential COVID-19 vaccine could be ready in September

Reuters/Ipsos poll: A quarter of Americans are hesitant about a coronavirus vaccine

A number of efforts to develop a coronavirus vaccine are underway around the world.

"For these groups, researchers will be assessing the immune response to the vaccine in people of different ages, to find out if there is variation in how well the immune system responds in older people or children", the researchers said.

"This contract with AstraZeneca is a major milestone in Operation Warp Speed's work toward a safe, effective, widely available vaccine by 2021", US Health Secretary Alex Azar said.

Small bottles labelled with a 'VaccineCovid-19 sticker and a medical syringe are seen in this illustration taken April 10, 2020.

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Trump wrote in the two-page letter that the WHO's repeated missteps in its handling of the COVID-19 outbreak have proven "very costly for the world".

"If states and cities and counties are going to [open] no matter what, I would recommend that they take very specific precautions in doing that", he said.

A scientific task force from the Moscow-based National Research Center for Epidemiology and Microbiology have already completed testing their coronavirus vaccine on animals, Alexander Ginzburg, the center's director, told Russian media on Saturday.

Thailand on Saturday began testing a vaccine against the coronavirus on monkeys after positive trials in mice, an official said. Most of us will be exposed anyway since we can't sequester until there's a vaccine, and we know which groups need protection from worst outcomes.

Trump, during a Thursday visit to a Ford Motor Co plant in MI, said the United States military is "in gear so we can give out 150 to 250 million shots quickly". Earlier this week, USA biotech Moderna Inc announced potentially promising preliminary results from just eight individuals who took part in a safety study.

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This year Muslims are encouraged to celebrate from home, however, there is still option to keep in touch with friends and family. The Ruet-e-Hilal Committee is set to meet today to sight the moon but it is expected that they will declare Eid on Monday.

"If all the cards fall into the right place and all the stars are aligned, you definitely could get a vaccine by December or January", Dr Fauci said.

The poll underscores how the country's deepening polarization has affected people's view of the pandemic. He has at times downplayed the seriousness of the pandemic and encouraged public protests against his government's own stay-at-home guidelines meant to slow the pathogen's spread.

He said that the government had no other choice during the initial days of the COVID-19 outbreak to shut down.

He said a second group of 10,000 frontline workers will also participate in the study.

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