By Theodore Shoebat
Anyone who has studied deeply the world of American politics, will have heard of the phrase “October Surprise,” or a major event that occurs in October that helps a particular candidate. Well, there has been much talk about the possibility of a vaccine for Covid-19 popping up by October, right before the election in November. For example the CDC just recently announced that we should prepare for a vaccine by late October, as we learn from NPR:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has asked states to prepare to distribute a potential coronavirus vaccine as soon as late October, according to a series of planning documents sent to public health officials last week.
A CDC spokesperson confirmed the authenticity of the documents in an email to NPR on Wednesday. The documents were first published by The New York Times.
CDC Director Robert Redfield also sent a letter asking governors to fast-track permits and licenses so that vaccine distribution sites can be up and running by Nov. 1, McClatchyreports.
That request, as well as the three planning documents, are the latest indication that the race for a vaccine may be picking up speed. Months into the pandemic, the U.S. has recorded more than 6 million cases and 185,000 deaths from COVID-19.
Moreover, the pharmaceutical company, Pfizer, announced that they could be able to say if they have an efficient vaccine, as we read from MSNBC:
Pfizer could have results from its late-stage coronavirus vaccine trial as early as October, CEO Albert Bourla said Thursday.
The pharmaceutical company has already enrolled 23,000 volunteers in the phase three trial that began in late July, Bourla said during a Q&A with the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers & Associations, a trade group. It hopes to enroll at least 30,000 participants, he said.
“We expect by the end of October, we should have enough … to say whether the product works or not,” he said.
U.S. health officials have previously said results from late-stage vaccine trials could come in November or sooner.
But, Fauci just said that he is finds such projections to be unlikely, but not impossible:
“If someone comes out and says, you know, I’m going to shoot for the possibility that I’ll get it by October, you can’t argue strongly against that. That’s unlikely, not impossible … I think most of the people feel it’s going to be November, December, but that does not mean that if there are a number of infections within a particular trial that allows you to make a decision sooner, rather than later, it is conceivable that you could have it by October though.”
Fauci does not say that it is impossible, and he also points out the possibility that November could be when we see a final vaccine. Lets not forget that Reagan had his “October Surprise” when American hostages in Iran were released right after Reagan won the election in November, making the Democrats look weak and the Republicans strong. It could be that you will have a vaccine by November and this would make great propaganda for the Republicans who will say that Trump helped to accelerate the vaccination process.