Fauci ‘cautiously optimistic’ COVID-19 vaccine will be ready before end of this year

Fauci 'cautiously optimistic' COVID-19 vaccine will be ready before end of this year

Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, on Friday told the US Congress that he is “cautiously optimistic” a COVID-19 vaccine will be ready by the end of 2020 and widely distributed to Americans in the following year.

“There’s never a guarantee that you’re going to get a safe and effective vaccine, but from everything we’ve seen now in the animal data, as well as the early human data, we feel cautiously optimistic that we will have a vaccine by the end of this year and as we go into 2021,” Fauci told the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis led by House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.).

“I believe, ultimately, over a period of time in 2021, if we have it, and I think we will have a safe and effective vaccine, that Americans will be able to get it,” Fauci said.

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