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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