“To my own family, I say we had a great Thanksgiving and Christmas last year. We look forward to a very good Thanksgiving and Christmas in 2021, ”Fauci told USA Today. “Now let’s make the best of the situation and show our love and affection for people by protecting them.”
Pharmaceutical company Pfizer submitted an application for the vaccine to the Food and Drug Administration last week after finding 95% efficacy in clinical trials. But the FDA has scheduled a review meeting for December 10, delaying the distribution of millions of doses amid a nationwide outbreak of infections.
Fauci, the longtime director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said: “If the outbreak continues to increase and you have over 100,000 infections per day and 1,300 deaths per day and the number keeps increasing. and more… I don’t see it being any different during the Christmas and New Years holidays than it is during Thanksgiving.
Since March, about 13 million Americans have tested positive for the respiratory virus and more than 264,000 have died.
Millions of doses of the vaccine will be distributed quickly after FDA approval, with initial shipments going to the elderly and healthcare workers. Several companies besides Pfizer have vaccine candidates with promising clinical trial data.
President Trump said in September that “we expect to have enough vaccines for every American by April.”