Fauci says first U.S. COVID-19 vaccines could ship late December or early January - (Financial Post via NewsPoints Desk)

  • US infectious diseases expert Anthony Fauci said that if all goes well, the first doses of a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine will likely become available to some high-risk Americans in late December or early January, as reported in the Financial Times.

  • Based on current projections from vaccine front-runners Moderna and Pfizer, Americans will likely know "sometime in December whether or not we have a safe and effective vaccine," Fauci stated.

  • He said "the first interim look (at trial results) should be, we hope, within the next few weeks."

  • Still, even with an effective vaccine to protect against SARS-CoV-2, Fauci said it will take time to get back to something approaching normal as vaccine-induced immunity builds both nationally and globally.

  • He said life will likely not get back to normal "until the end of 2021 at least."

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