Dr. Anthony Fauci said on Thursday that the coronavirus vaccine to end the pandemic is nearly upon us, but that doesn’t mean you should give up fighting.

What’s going on?

Fauci, one of the nation’s top disease experts, spoke at a webinar hosted by think tank Chatham House about the coronavirus pandemic and how the vaccine could help life return to normal, CNBC reports.

He urged caution about celebrating the good news over the vaccine.

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  • “I think the opposite. ... I really do,” Fauci said. “The cavalry is coming but don’t put your weapons down, you better keep fighting because they are not here yet. Help is on the way, but it isn’t here yet.”
  • “So to me, that is more of an incentive of, ‘Please don’t give up. Don’t despair, the end is in sight,’ as opposed to: ‘Hey, we are good to go, don’t worry about anything.’ We are not good to go. We have got to continue to double down on public health measures,” he added.

Vaccine in December:

Fauci said Tuesday that the coronavirus vaccine from Pfizer will likely be available for high-risk Americans in December, as I wrote about for the Deseret News.

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  • He said those without high risk conditions might need to wait until April.
  • 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.