FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn Says He ‘Can’t Predict When a Vaccine Will Be Available’

Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Stephen Hahn is suggesting he is not so sure he can provide a timeline for when a vaccine for the coronavirus will become available to the nation.

Appearing on ABC’s “This Week” Hahn was asked by host Martha Raddatz if President Donald Trump’s claim a vaccine will be available “long before the end of the year” is accurate.

Hahn responded with uncertainty of when Americans will see a vaccine become available.

“I can’t predict when a vaccine will be available,” Hahn said.

Check out his comments below:

Hahn went on to acknowledge the “unprecedented speed” of the development of the vaccine.

He explained the FDA’s role in the development of a vaccine and how the organization is committed to the safety of the American people.

“We want to be very clear, our solemn promise to the American people is that we will make a decision based upon the data and science on a vaccine with respect to the safety and effectiveness of that vaccine,” Hahn said.

He added, “That’s something that’s an FDA core responsibility when those data become available and I hope those data are available sooner rather than later. ”

The coronavirus pandemic continues to wreak havoc on the nation. As of Sunday afternoon, there are more than 2.8 million coronavirus cases in the United States alone and nearly 130,000 deaths.

According to a CNN poll, a third of Americans say they will not get a COVID-19 vaccine even if it becomes available, as IJR previously reported.

During an interview with CNN on June 29, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and member of the White House coronavirus task force, said if enough Americans refuse to get a vaccine, the United States will not achieve “herd immunity.”

Testifying before the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee on June 30, Fauci said he is “aspirationally hopeful” a coronavirus vaccine will be available by the beginning of 2021.


  1. Vaccines are actually pretty quick to develop with two YUGE caveats.
    1. They will not be perfect. Edward Jenner immunized against smallpox with cowpos and got mixec, but most positve, results.
    2. ALL vaccines will have drawbacks. q.v. rabies and smallpox. How will we as a society accept the casualties, if any.
    3. Bureuacracy is saying nothing gets done fast. q.v the FDA and CDC. There’s a fire and they say let’s make sure something is 100% effective before we allow it.

    Realisically if people are dying, then any remedy should be approved. Because people are already dying. Only idiots expect 100% positive results, which is why not all children are murdered, err, aborted.

  2. “According to a CNN poll, a third of Americans say they will not get a COVID-19 vaccine even if it becomes available” Article

    A 1/3 of Americans? That is a lot more than just the anti-vaxxers.


    They say that they want to re-open the economy, but are they willing to do the one thing that would allow them to do that safely?

    Too many say no.

    We are screwed.

  3. Phoenix:

    There are many research groups looking at a vaccine. One researcher said that little else is being worked upon (could have been a bit of hyperbole, but you get the idea). There is more than one path of attack, too, so we could end up with a slew of vaccines, some of which would have more efficacy than the others, as well. Some may never end up in this country.

    Time is a big problem, though. The digital RNA sequencing will help speed things up, but the fact is that a fast turnaround for a new vaccine is 4 years. Getting one in 1 to 1.5 years, IF a C-19 vaccine is even possible, will be amazing.

    In the meantime, keep vigilant.

  4. Screweduptape : you are a phuhking moron.

    focus on something you understand.

    Like phuhking your dog.

  5. Its absolutely the president saying we will have a vaccine in the very near future… by the end of the year… 2 million vaccines ready to go… its false and its reckless. Whats worse is to say this will all disappear on its own – unfortunately he has said both.

    COVID-19 is not the same as H1N1 or even influenza – stop pretending they are. Wearing a mask while you buy groceries isn’t civil rights issue. You’re a snowflake to pretend it is. If it makes you feel cool to not wear a mask – whatever. If you’re being required and don’t like it then move.

    Political? Shocking the Democrats were able to coordinate a world wide pandemic and shutdown responses from most other countries all to put down President Trump. It’s not political – you are pretending again.

    Pretending or delusional. Certainly not factual.

    1. I disagree with every single thing you said. The democrats never let a good tragedy go to waste. This hoax is definitely political.

  6. Quick question for the anti-vaxxers: if and when a vaccine for the Kung Flu becomes available will you use it?

  7. And he shouldn’t – this was the responsible answer. People want a vaccine fast, but reality is testing is and should be a rigorous process with high standards.

    I’m relieved no corners are going to be cut in the spirit of getting something out fast and expectations should be set accordingly. Yet another thing the current president fails to understand.

    1. …it’s not so much the president as others in power demanding a vaccine, q.v. the state governors requiring it as a condition for removing “lockdowns”. q.q.v. CA, MI, etc.

      I wonder how far these governors will go towards destroying their state economies and suppressing civil rights. Notice that not a one of these governors or states shutdown during the annual flu OR when Swine Flu, H1N1, etc. swept through.

      Their inconsistency is suspicious and clearly for political gain.

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