“We will start getting substantial doses by September-October, and I would say about 30% of our deliveries will take place starting in September-October and the balance will arrive by December or January so a very short timeline if you will. Lots and lots of people will be able to be vaccinated before the end of the year,” Soriot told CNN’s Julia Chatterley on “First Move.”
“We’re trailblazing here because we are not following the standard process, we are partnering with regulators both in the UK and the US, we’re working hand in hand with the FDA, we are sharing data on a day to day basis and they have committed themselves to help look at our data as they come so by the time we finish the first [trial] program in August they can rapidly approve the vaccine,” said Soriot.
When asked whether he is worried that there hasn’t been enough time devoted to challenge the virus to make something that will definitely work, Soriot said, “We are not cutting corners.”
“We are moving fast because of this partnership with regulators and the Oxford group and ourselves,” he said. “It’s a completely standard program, it is just happens that it is done very quickly.”
“We need several vaccines. One vaccine will not be enough. We are all trying to do the same thing which is bring a solution to this terrible pandemic,” he said.
— CNN’s Chris Liakos contributed to this report