Fauci added that a vaccine is unlikely to be widely available until next summer or fall. That timeline is in line with a prediction by CDC director Robert Redfield, who warned the Senate Appropriations Committee last month that it would take about six to nine months to vaccinate the public once a vaccine is approved.
Moncef Slaoui, the scientific chief of the government program rushing into vaccine development, wrote in August that 300 million doses of the vaccine could be available by the middle of next year.
Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, also told the New Yorker Festival on Monday that normal life may not resume until the end of 2021 due to challenges with vaccine distribution.
During his speech at the AU, Fauci also referred to recent public skepticism towards him. Although numerous polls over the summer revealed overwhelming bipartisan trust in the infectious disease expert, confidence in him has since started to wane, especially among Republicans.
“Maybe 50% of you hate me because you think I’m trying to destroy the country, but listen to me for about six weeks, and do as I say, and you’ll see the numbers go down,” said Fauci, according to at University.