Anthony Fauci has said that a vaccine against Covid-19 could be ready by next month, but that it will take several months for it to roll out.
Dr Fauci, the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, appeared on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show on Sunday morning.
The veteran public health expert, the most widely respected in the United States, said that Donald Trump – with whom he has a tricky relationship – was right to say during the debate that a vaccine could be approved by next month.
“I think we will know whether a vaccine is safe and effective by the end of November, the beginning of December,” he said.
“The question is, once you have a safe and effective vaccine, or more than one, how can you get it to the people who need it as soon as possible.”
Dr Fauci said it will likely take several months to be distributed, but he hoped that the vaccine, coupled with a continuation of public health measures like face masks and social distancing, could help move the US towards “some form of normality” by the middle of next year.
“I think when we get a vaccine, and we start getting people vaccinated, over a period of several months into 2021, we will begin to approach some form of normality, depending upon how many people, what proportion of the people, take the vaccine.
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