Can GSK Veteran Moncef Slaoui Get COVID-19 Vaccine Development To Warp Speed?
President Trump's Operation Warp Speed initiative aims to have a COVID-19 vaccine available by the end of the year; Slaoui, who helped get the first cervical cancer vaccine to market and win European approval of the first malaria vaccine while at GlaxoSmithKline, is tasked with coordinating the government's contributions to coronavirus vaccine effort and achieving what would be twin scientific and manufacturing miracles.
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Operation Warp Speed confirmed the necessity of having a facility on hand to develop and manufacture a vaccine for the next crisis, the outgoing advisor says.
A Manhattan Project-style campaign to accelerate COVID-19 treatments could help end the pandemic. But it also brings another set of layers – and yet a new group of leaders – into an already complex network.
FDA’s Peter Marks and Janet Woodcock will be on the bridge for Operation Warp Speed; Moncef Slaoui says early clinical data on one vaccine candidate makes him confident that a few hundred million doses of a vaccine can be available by the end of the year.