Vice President Mike Pence announces first phase 3 trial of coronavirus vaccine during Miami visit

MIAMI – Vice President Mike Pence was in South Florida on Monday to mark the start of the first phase 3 clinical trial for a coronavirus vaccine in the United States.

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Pence is at the University of Miami’s Don Soffer Clinical Research Center this afternoon to attend a roundtable with Governor Ron DeSantis, university leaders and researchers, on vaccine progress.

The vice president said biotech company Moderna is conducting the phase 3 clinical trial.

“We’re moving at a historic pace to develop a vaccine,” said Pence. “There will be no shortcuts. There will be no rough edges.”

Pence said $ 10 billion was allocated to Operation Warp Speed, the name the Trump administration gave to the search for an effective vaccine.

He added that there are plans to stockpile the vaccine so that it can be used immediately once it is approved by the FDA.

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“We’re not waiting to develop the vaccine until it’s finally approved by Moderna, Pfizer, and others. We’re getting them to create the vaccine now so it’s ready by the point we get final FDA approval “said Pence.

Pence reiterated the importance of having students return to school this fall.

“The risk of coronavirus for healthy children is very small … children have a real cost when they are not in the classroom,” Pence said.

DeSantis pointed out the importance of schools giving parents the opportunity to decide whether their children should return to teaching in person. Children are not “the drivers of transmission” for the coronavirus, the governor said.

However, the newly released federal guidelines for reopening schools raise serious questions about whether face-to-face tuition should resume this fall.

Pence thanked DeSantis for his “steady guidance” through the pandemic and early efforts to source tests and supplies to save lives.

FDA Commissioner Steve Hahn said they had issued guidelines to outline the data federal officials would need to determine a vaccine’s safety and effectiveness.

“FDA scientists and our Biologics Evaluation and Research Center will not cut corners to evaluate a vaccine,” said Hahn. “There are more than 100 vaccines being studied around the world at various stages of development.”

DeSantis said the federal government is sending new at-site coronavirus diagnostic tests to nursing homes across Florida and across the country. The governor said these tests would help resume visits to nursing homes and allow family members to be tested and get the results within 15 minutes.

“This is a way to ensure safety and to keep working to keep the virus out of these very vulnerable areas while people continue to be personally fed and families reconnected,” DeSantis said.

Miami is one of many clinical research centers in the United States that is conducting studies to develop a coronavirus vaccine.

Last week, Wellington gave Dr. Larry Bush announced that Palm Beach County would be part of a vaccine study that was looking for around 1,500 volunteers.

Florida now has 5,931 deaths from the coronavirus, with 432,747 confirmed cases, according to statistics released by the Florida Department of Health on Monday.

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