‘When, not if’: Fauci says vaccine could be available by end of year, early 2021

The top infectious disease expert in the United States tells House lawmakers it’s a question of “when, not if” the United States will have a vaccine for the coronavirus.

Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institutes of Health tells the House Energy and Commerce Committee that he thinks a coronavirus vaccine could be available by the end of this year or early 2021.

One vaccine candidate will enter advanced trials next month. Fauci says “we feel cautiously optimistic based on the concerted effort.”

The White House has launched an effort called “Operation Warp Speed” to make sure a vaccine can be quickly mass-produced and distributed when it’s approved by the Food and Drug Administration.


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