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Dr. Anthony Fauci says April will be ‘open season’ to get the COVID-19 vaccine

Dr. Anthony Fauci revealed the timeline for COVID-19 vaccine distribution will pick up soon

Syringes are filled with the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.
Syringes are filled with the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at Salt Lake County’s mass vaccination site at the Mountain America Expo Center in Sandy on Monday, Jan. 18, 2021.
Steve Griffin, Deseret News

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, recently told the “Today” show that the COVID-19 vaccine rollout will increase soon, and April might be the month to watch.

What happened?

Savannah Guthrie, one of the anchors on “Today,” recently asked Fauci if he is frustrated about the current COVID-19 vaccine rollout. He said the vaccine distribution will pick up, and April will be an important month.

  • “It’s going to be picked up … what’s going to happen as we get into March and April, the number of available doses will allow for much more of a mass vaccination approach which is really much more accelerated than what you’re seeing now.”
  • He continued, “If you look at the projection, I would imagine by the time we get to April, that would be what I call, for better wording, ‘open season.’ Namely virtually everybody and anybody in any category can start to get vaccinated.”

Context

CVS and Walgreens will start distributing COVID-19 vaccines throughout the country starting Friday, USA Today reports. Meanwhile, Utah will partner with Walmart and Kroger, owner of Smith’s, to distribute the COVID-19 vaccine.

More than 152 million COVID-19 vaccine shots have been given out across 75 countries so far around the world, according to Bloomberg’s vaccine tracker. In the U.S., 46 million doses have been given out so far, with an average of 1.57 million doses per day, per Bloomberg.

Utah looks to May

As the Deseret News reported, health officials told state lawmakers Wednesday that mass COVID-19 vaccination sites will be set up in March. And, beginning in May, every Utah adult will have a chance to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

  • “We will reach all of the adult population, if 100% of them wanted it, by the end of May,” Utah Department of Health Executive Director Rich Saunders told members of the state Senate Health and Human Services Committee Wednesday, according to the Deseret News.
  • That’s assuming vaccine developers deliver the promised amount of doses.