Dr Anthony Fauci, the nation’s foremost infectious disease expert, said Wednesday he would be betting on a coronavirus vaccine to be proven safe and effective by the end of 2020.
“I would still like to put my money in November / December,” he said, during a Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute panel on global pandemics.
Fauci, 79, one of the most trusted faces on the coronavirus task force, said his informed projection was calculated based on where the clinical trial sites are located in their studies, according to CNN.
He added that researchers need to see about 150 infections occur in a vaccine trial for it to be deemed safe and effective.
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“Right now, the trials are over two-thirds registered – very close to full registration for one and full registration for the other,” Fauci said.
A vaccine could potentially arrive sooner than expected based on those metrics, but an efficacy response is likely not ready until November or December, he added.
“It really depends on where the sites are and how many infections there are on a site,” Fauci told the news agency. “So you could get your answer sooner, or you can get your answer a little later.”
Earlier this month, Fauci said he is not comfortable getting a vaccine under the emergency use authorization quickly unless it has been shown in clinical trials to be “safe and effective.”
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He said that until a vaccine is ready, people should continue wearing masks, keep physical distances, and avoid crowds to prevent future spikes.
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Since the beginning of Friday, the United States has seen more than 6,674,458 total coronavirus cases and at least 197,633 deaths from the virus, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
Fox News’ Morgan Phillips contributed to this report