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Some people could be getting the COVID-19 vaccine next month

November is almost over. Dr. Anthony Fauci says people will get the vaccine in December.

This May 4, 2020, file photo provided by the University of Maryland School of Medicine, shows the first patient enrolled in Pfizer’s COVID-19 coronavirus vaccine clinical trial at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore
This May 4, 2020, file photo provided by the University of Maryland School of Medicine, shows the first patient enrolled in Pfizer’s COVID-19 coronavirus vaccine clinical trial at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore
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Dr. Anthony Fauci said Tuesday that there will be people who receive the COVID-19 vaccine in December — which is next month.

What’s going on?

Fauci — one of the country’s top disease experts — said the new Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine could be available to high-risk Americans in December, according to Fox News.

Fauci said other Americans without underlying conditions might not receive the vaccine until April, which has long been the expectation.

  • “They’re going to dot all the I’s and cross all the T’s, but I believe with the impressive nature of the data that it should go through smoothly that by the time we get into December, we’ll be able to have doses available for people who are judged to be at the highest priority to get it first,” Fauci told MSNBC Tuesday.

Fauci told CNN something similar about the vaccine, saying the average American can expect the vaccine in April.

Context:

On Monday, Pfizer and BioNTech said their developed coronavirus vaccine is more than 90% effective in stopping COVID-19 for those who had not been infected beforehand, which I wrote about for the Deseret News.

  • The companies said Monday was “a great day for science and humanity.”
  • CEO Dr. Albert Bourla told CNBC: “I think we can see light at the end of the tunnel.”