Azar says Trump administration aiming for 300 million vaccine doses by year's end


You we're going to go now to health and Human Services secretary Alex ETS are he joins us from HHS good morning Mr secretary Marty Marty good to be with you again great to have you operation warp speed which is what the White House is calling this Porsche to have a vaccine by the end of the year three hundred million doses is the promise can you be clear here is the pledged that all three hundred and twenty eight million Americans will be able to get a shot in their arm by the end of the year Wilmar let's be clear that's a goal and you know I think the Gretzky's once said that you fail to achieve a hundred percent of the goals you don't set and so it's not a pledge it's a goal of what we're gonna mobilize the entire U. S. government private sector to achieve what happened is you know these drug companies and vaccine makers they all said it's going to take this amount of time because they're using their traditional approaches yes you do phase one phase two phase three trials in sequence then you do manufacturing well what the president said that's not acceptable so what we're doing is bringing the inefficiency out of the development process to make the development side faster to get to a safe and effective vaccines and at the same time we're gonna scale up commercial size manufacturing and produce hundreds of millions of doses at risk they may not pan out they might not prove to be safe and effective but we'll have it so we could begin administration right away you said hundreds of millions of doses that is not the same thing as saying hundreds of millions of vaccines ready to be administered to the American public you said this week that the entire American population could receive vaccines by January that's the goal can you that's a hundreds hundreds of millions we have hundreds of millions of people SO three hundred million is the goal and by January that we would set whether by one or multiple vaccine candidates ought to be able to have let's let's focus our energies on actually getting those vaccines developed S. one to set expectations for the American people because clearly you can have a lot of people wanting this vaccine will it require booster shots are you short two three hundred million doses is sufficient well those are great questions Margaret that's actually going to be part of the development programs that do you study is the is it a single shot do you have more of multiple with a booster what type of immune response do you get here that's why you don't go into battle with just one target here so we had a hundred candidates originally we've narrowed it to fourteen and we're gonna keep narrowing that down to maybe four five six that we really place the big financial bats behind and drive on and we might actually have multiple vaccines some of appropriate for different populations in different settings as we said as we see the data gets generated here president trump said on Monday we have prevailed on that same day may eleventh all twelve of the different models that the CDC uses projected that there will be over a hundred thousand deaths by June first how can the administration say we've prevailed when you see a death rate climbing like that what will Margaret as you remember the president clarified that in response to a question that by prevailed he met with regard to testing by building that really novel comprehensive private public sector diagnostic system here in the United States he did not mean the disease burden here and he would actually cutting clarified that you could never speak of prevailing or or success when there's even a single death every death is tragic the disease burden here has been here and across the world has been has been horrible we work to minimize that we believe that our actions to delay and and and and and and flatten the curve saved hundreds of thousands of lives that otherwise could have been lost but but that's still nothing to revel in in terms of any loss of life is tragic for the president or for any of us in the public health world absolutely but given that some of the states are starting to reopen parts of their economy and there's a lag time of sometimes two to three weeks before you see the virus show up how what how much of a sense do you have about whether re opening is re infecting the populace at large weld these will be really important questions Margaret for us to study drug comprehensive surveillance system so that's why a critical part of re opening has been influenza like illness surveillance another hospital admissions surveillance as well as syndromic testing of a symptomatic individuals especially in high risk communities and that's what actually what's going to be really helpful with this federal system in the approach the president's taking of having each state taking a localized decision it's gonna give us really good data you know we don't know what risk of re opening and in other words just yet but you are going to be monitoring it is what you're certainly well we certainly will we'll be monitoring but we've seen some initial instances of states like Georgia that have reopened Florida that's re opening that we have not seen but again it's still early days we think the tools are there and it's also important to remember you know this gets set up as a health versus a consummate kind of conflict it's actually health versus health we see we see in suicidality we see reduction in cardiac procedures cancer screenings on pediatric vaccinations there is a real very real health consequences to the shutdowns that must be balanced against as weak as we try to reopen this economy and move forward absolutely whistleblower Dr Rick bright is going to appear on sixty minutes tonight he specifically names you and his complaint as having downplayed the catastrophic threat the last time that you were with us here on face the nation was March first and at that time you told me what your viewers need to know is the risk to the average Americans remain low do you stand by that I mean do you take responsibility for any missteps you might have so taken so Margaret I think if we found the entire clip that on because I was using words only the doctor found G. Dr Redfield Dr shook at doctor medicine EA would tell me to say in the would repeat publicly also I believe what I said is the rest of the average American at this time remains low but that could change rapidly we always were I was always focused on warning that the situation could change that at the moment the risk was low to any individual American so I stand by that in the sense that that's what the public health people where I don't make this stuff up I go with what felt she and Redfield and shook it and Massenet and others does say because they're the public health experts certain certainly but they report up to you the CDC has been blamed for failure and mistakes with testing do you take responsibility for that so we were confronting a situation that's completely novel there is never been a national immediate testing regime across public and private sectors we have had to literally build this from the ground up Margaret that's what should folks don't quite understand here is that the CDC's role is to develop a an initial fairly low throughput public health test that health labs will what will do for initial diagnosis but then we count on the private sector actually to scale up these high throughput large task capacities and that's what we've done in historic time you know these tests normally takes six tonight any for any problems that the CDC has admitted to having had we wanted to see what problems that the CDC have the CDC had an issue as they scaled up manufacturing of tests to get them out to about ninety public health labs there was apparently a contamination at an end stage there on the third party re agent that never led to false negatives or false positives bought that prevented some of the scale up for a couple of weeks but that was never going to be the backbone of testing a broad mass testing in the United States market that depends on the companies like Abbott and Roche and thermo Fisher hi I just want to cover your calling Peter Navarro has said that the CDC let the country down given the CD well reports up to you do you take responsibility for that what do you think about that I don't believe the CDC let this country down I believe the CDC serves an important public health role and what was always critical was to get the private sector to the

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