Dr. Anthony Fauci, the country’s leading expert on infectious diseases, has come out and stated that he believes a fully tested and effective vaccine for the coronavirus will be made available by November or December of this year.
Now, what remains to be seen, is how many people are actually going to sign up to get it, what with it being so new and all.
For those that are getting it, the Department of Defense, working closely with federal health agencies, has crafted a plan to ensure that every American who takes the vaccine can do so for free.
via Daily Wire:
“I would still put my money on November, December,” Fauci said at a Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute panel, CNN reported.
Fauci, an immunologist and director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases who serves on the White House Coronavirus Task Force, said testing a vaccine requires about 150 subjects to actually get the virus.
“Right now, the trials are over two thirds enrolled – really close to full enrollment on one, and over full enrollment on the other,” he said. “It really depends on where the sites are and how many infections there are in a site. So you could get your answer sooner, or you can get your answer a bit later.”
“Fauci said his projection of November or December is informed by calculations based on where the clinical trial sites are in their studies,” CNN said.
The question, again, is how many folks will feel safe enough to get the vaccine without seeing how it might impact individuals in the long term? How long does the effectiveness of the vaccine last? Is it permanent or something like the flu shot that will have to be updated regularly?
Guess we’ll get our answers eventually.