A 37-second clip of a press conference addressed by president of the United States Donald Trump and Matt Sauce, president and CEO of the North-American division of Roche Diagnostics is widely circulating on social media. As per the accompanying claim, president Trump announced that the pharmaceutical company has succeeded in developing a vaccine for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) which will be launched “next Sunday”.
Trump announced that Roche Medical Company will launch the vaccine next Sunday, and millions of doses are ready from it !!!
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Test Kit is ready not the vaccine by Pranjali Dani
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In the clip, Sauce can be heard saying, “From Roche, we want to thank the FDA for their rapid approval of our coronavirus test. We really appreciate the partnership with the CDC and the FDA to get that to market it as fast a possible because it is critical for us to make that available to help patients in need and working with laboratories to get it going in the near future which will bring hundreds and thousands of tests available to patients in need in the United States.”
— Naheed Tariq (@NaheedTariq5) March 16, 2020
The fact that CEO of Roche Diagnostics, Matt Sauce, spoke of testing, not a vaccine, is the first clue which points at the falseness of the viral message. The 37 seconds have been clipped from a press conference held at the White House by president Trump and can be watched from 18:40 minutes in the video below. As evident, Sauce thanks the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for the “rapid approval” of the coronavirus test developed by his company.
This was also tweeted by Roche Diagnostics. As reported, the new coronavirus test speeds up the ability to test suspected patients by tenfold.
— Roche Diagnostics (@RocheDia) March 17, 2020
US senator Rand Paul wrote in a tweet, “Good news: FDA approves Roche coronavirus test that is 10 times faster than current test.”
Good news: FDA approves Roche coronavirus test that is 10 times faster than current test.
We should push hard for further and continued removal of government barriers while fighting this crisis. https://t.co/X3otO3BKIF
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) March 16, 2020
The viral claim that Swiss drugmaker Roche Diagnostics has successfully developed a coronavirus vaccine is therefore false. In fact, there are no approved vaccines for the infection yet. Drug companies and researchers are trying to find ways to handle the new coronavirus. As per a Forbes Tracker, the status of the research is in the trial period. Organisations have either begun human testing or have partnered with international bodies such as the World Health Organisation (WHO), CDC, etc, regarding testing. Some of the vaccines are also in the development stage. As per Forbes, a new vaccine takes 10-15 years to be developed however the process can be more rapid due to the advancement of technology in the last few years,