White House coronavirus adviser Dr. Fauci said Friday that after “several months” into 2021 a coronavirus vaccine would definitely not be “highly available” to the American people.
Public health authorities and scientists plan to learn whether at least one of the several possible emerging Covid-19 vaccines is safe and successful by the end of December or early next year, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director said during a live Q&A with The Washington Post.
“We ‘d potentially have tens of millions of doses available at the beginning of next year,” Dr. Fauci said, noting that several drug makers have expected more doses than this. “I believe you will have vaccines that will be widely available when we get into 2021, some months ahead,.”
Dr. Fauci expectations
Health authorities warn no return to “natural” until a vaccine is in operation. There are no FDA-approved coronavirus medications or vaccines which, according to data gathered by Johns Hopkins University, have infected more than 15 million people worldwide and killed at least 633,656 as of Friday. According to the World Health Organization. More than 150 new vaccines are being produced globally and at least 25 currently in clinical trials. Moderna, a biotech firm working with the National Institutes of Health, published promising data last week on its potential vaccine and is expected to enter a late-stage trial next week.
Though scientists expect a widespread availability of an effective vaccine by next year, there is never a guarantee. While drug manufacturers are racing to make millions of vaccine doses. There is a chance that the vaccine will require two doses instead of one. Potentially further limiting the number of people who can get a vaccine once it is available, experts say.
Furthermore, scientists believe concerns remain on how the human body can react until the virus is inside. The answers, they say, can have significant implications for the development of the vaccine. Including how quickly it can be going to the public.