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COVID-19 vaccine may be widely available by April 2021, Fauci says

Fauci offered guidance about when the COVID-19 vaccine may be truly available

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A man gets a COVID-19 test in Utah.

A man gets a COVID-19 test at Pleasant Grove Recreation Center on Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020.

Laura Seitz, Deseret News

Dr. Anthony Fauci told CBS News on Wednesday that the COVID-19 vaccine may be widely available for the general public in April 2021.

  • He said the vaccine’s release would “likely be within the first quarter of 2021, by let’s say April of 2021.”
  • Fauci said researchers will likely know by November or December whether a vaccine is safe or not for the general public.
  • Developers will likely produce a few million doses at the beginning of its release, he said.

Fauci said pauses in trials — like the Johnson & Johnson trial that paused earlier this week — are a sign that companies are taking these experiments seriously. He said it should make anyone nervous about the vaccine’s safety feel better

  • “When that happens, we jump all over that,” Fauci said.

Dr. Ashish Jha, the dean of the Brown University School of Public Health, also told CNN that halting trials makes sense and should be expected from companies developing vaccines.

  • “The Johnson & Johnson trial is the biggest trial of the vaccine that I know of — 60,000 people. Within that trial you’d expect a few pauses.”