Dr Anthony Fauci, America’s top infectious disease expert, has said that the COVID-19 vaccine could be available by early 2021.
The current trials for the medicine have made him “cautiously optimistic” about COVID-19 vaccine by late 2020 or early 2021.
The Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said that coronavirus would likely continue to spread. He said that to deal with future pandemics, transparency and global collaboration are important.
“The lessons we’ve learned from the coronavirus is they have pandemic potential; they’re likely to continue to emerge. Good public health measures are critical in controlling them.”
COVID-19 Vaccine development
During an online dialogue by the United Nations Academic Impact, Dr Fauci gave an overview of the pandemic. He talked about the efforts of COVID-19 vaccine development.
Fauci said that they would be conducting more than one candidate vaccine in a harmonised way with multiple candidates.
“Hopefully we’ll be able to get some information, such as with this particular one representative vaccine… that we started here in January,” Fauci said. “Phase one looks good, very promising data on the induction of neutralising antibody.”
Dr Fauci said that the Moderna coronavirus vaccine is making him cautiously positive because it’s showing promising results. “Although you could never, ever predict with certainty, whether a vaccine is going to be safe and effective.”
About the current situation
Although vaccine development is going on, Dr Fauci had warned against pinning all the hopes on vaccine only. The current situation is not very good since he believes that the virus will continue to spread without countermeasures.
About two weeks ago, Dr Fauci had said that the daily cases could be more than double if Americans don’t take enough measures.
Dr Fauci told a US Senate committee that the nationwide new cases per day could go from 40,000 to 100,000. “Clearly we are not in total control right now. I am very concerned because it could get very bad.”
Dr Fauci had expressed concerns over the reopening of America amid the pandemic, drawing President Trump’s resentment.