Anthony Fauci told PBS NewsHour on Thursday that he expects the United States to be this good [as] back to normal as we can “by the end of 2021 if a coronavirus vaccine becomes widely available.”The big picture: Fauci made it clear that this would not mean the virus is eradicated, saying, “We can control it enough that it is so low that it does not interfere with the type of normal life we want to recover. economy, to find a job. ”
- “I don’t think it will be 2024. I think it will be rather the end of 2021.”
The state of play: Several vaccine candidates have entered human trials, although they may not be as effective as Americans are used to.
- Fauci said last week that there is “no great” chance that any vaccine will be 98% effective, arguing instead that the vaccine would likely reduce a person’s risk of infection by 50% or 60%.
- The FDA says it will only require a 50% efficacy rate for approval.
- “You have to think of the vaccine as a tool to be able to make the pandemic no longer a pandemic, but something that is well controlled,” Fauci added.