A coronavirus vaccine will likely be ready for distribution by the end of the year or early 2021, according to Dr. Anthony Fauci.
Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said more than 25,000 people have registered to participate in clinical trials for possible vaccines. “From everything we’ve seen now — in the animal data, as well as the human data — we feel cautiously optimistic that we will have a vaccine by the end of this year and as we go into 2021,” Fauci said during a Congressional hearing. “I don’t think it’s dreaming.”
A vaccine would likely go to essential workers and high-risk individuals first before distributed to the public. The Department of Defense and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention would work together to distribute some 300 doses of the vaccine, Fauci said.