Johnson & Johnson is “pretty sure” that it can create a vaccine to combat the fatal coronavirus, an exec said Monday.
Paul Stoffels, the company’s main scientific officer, said it began working on a vaccine two weeks before — and is assured that it can be developed within months, media reported.
“We have dozens of experts working on this so we’re pretty sure we can get something made that will work and stay active for the longer term,” Stoffels told media “Squawk Box.”
But, he told, it could take up to a year for the vaccine to enter the market.
“We’ll see in the following few weeks how this goes,” Stoffels added, according to the report.
The flu-like virus — which began in the central Chinese city of Wuhan — has no known cure and can be spread between humans.
Officials say it has killed 81 people and reached to more than 2,8000 others.