"I think as we get into 2021, several months in, that you would have a vaccine that would be widely available to people in the United States," Fauci told the Washington Post.
As of Friday afternoon, there were some 4,054,802 reported cases and 144,333 fatalities from COVID-19 in the United States, according to a Reuters tally.
- Dr. Fauci, when is, then, the absolute earliest a vaccine might be widely available to the general public?
ANTHONY FAUCI: I think the key word there, Bob, is widely available. I think we will likely know whether a vaccine is safe and effective, given the number of phase 3 trials that are starting literally next week.
And there are some in other countries that are already ongoing that we should know by the end of December of this year, the beginning of next year. There are some companies that claim that might be a month or two sooner. I'm a little skeptical about that. But you know, anything is possible. But I think it's going to be towards the end of the year.
But the crux of your question is, when widely available? It is likely that in the beginning of next year, we would have tens of millions of doses available. The companies who are involved in making these vaccines, many of which the federal government is in deep collaboration with, promised that as we get into 2021, there will be hundreds of millions of doses, and then maybe sometime thereafter, billions of doses.
So in direct answer to your question, I think as we get into 2021, several months in, that you would have a vaccine that would be widely available to people in the United States.