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EU official: 'Optimistic' to think new coronavirus vaccine will be approved by early 2021

EU official: 'Optimistic' to think new coronavirus vaccine will be approved by early 2021
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The official overseeing vaccines at Europe's highest medical approval board said Thursday that "optimistic" predictions put approval of a coronavirus vaccine in early 2021.

Reuters reported that the European Medicines Agency's (EMA) Marco Cavaleri told reporters Thursday that his agency was working as fast as possible to speed up vaccine development, but cautioned that it would likely not be enough to see one on the market later this year.

“For vaccines, since the development has to start from scratch ... we might look from an optimistic side in a year from now, so beginning of 2021,” he reportedly said.

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Cavaleri added that agency-approved treatments for the disease could go on the market within months.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpAppeals court OKs White House diverting military funding to border wall construction Pentagon: Tentative meeting between spy agencies, Biden transition set for early next week Conservative policy director calls Section 230 repeal an 'existential threat' for tech MORE has predicted in recent weeks that the U.S. would see a vaccine on the market before the end of 2020.

“We think we are going to have a vaccine by the end of this year,” he said during a virtual Fox News town hall earlier this month.

Trump and other conservatives have also promoted a host of possible cures for the coronavirus, including hydroxychloroquine, which experts have cautioned requires more research before it should be considered a potential cure for the virus.

“What do you have to lose? Take it,” the president said in April, drawing criticism at the time. “I really think they should take it. But it’s their choice. And it’s their doctor’s choice, or the doctors in the hospital. But hydroxychloroquine. Try it, if you’d like.”