The chief scientific adviser for the Trump administration’s effort to accelerate production of a coronavirus vaccine said it was “possible but very unlikely” that a vaccine will be ready to distribute by the end of October or early November.

The comment by Operation Warp Speed co-chief Moncef Slaoui followed reports this week that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told officials in all 50 states and the U.S. territories to prepare for vaccine distribution for high-priority groups as early as Nov. 1 — two days before the presidential election.

In an interview Thursday with NPR’s Mary Louise Kelly, Slaoui said it was “possible but very unlikely” that a coronavirus vaccine will be ready to distribute by then.

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