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Moderna Vaccine won't be Ready before Election-- a Big Setback to President Trump

 The Covid vaccine, manufactured by the American company Moderna, will not be available before the election. The Moderna CEO told the Financial Times that he would not seek permission to use the vaccine immediately before November 25. The move is a setback for Trump, who is running for a second term as president.

 "November 25 is the time we will have enough safety data to be able to put into an EUA file that we would send to the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) - assuming that the safety data is good, i.e. a vaccine is deemed to be safe," Stephane Bancel told the newspaper adding that an approval wouldn't be expected until late first quarter or early second quarter of 2021.

Trump has previously indicated that the vaccine will be available before the US general election. Trump, who has been widely criticized for his indifferent policy on Covid defense, had earlier said the vaccine would be available before November 3. Experts have expressed concern that the Trump administration may intervene in the matter out of political interest. 

Trump made the remarks during a debate with Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden on Tuesday, "It's a possibility that we'll have the answer before November 1," he said.

The Moderna vaccine is one of 11 vaccines in the final stages of testing. The CEO had announced that the vaccine, developed by another pharmaceutical company, Pfizer, would prove useful by the end of October. However, most experts are concerned about the safety and effectiveness of the vaccine in such a short period of time.

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