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Anthony Fauci Clarifies: Vaccine Will Get to Public by Spring

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Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Health and Infectious Diseases, said Monday that the American public would likely begin to receive the COVID-19 vaccine somewhat early in the spring but that it would take several months before an overwhelming majority of the population was immunized.

“I think people are getting a little confused about when they can expect [the vaccine]. If you start vaccinating parts of the general public in April, by the time you get to the end of August … that’s when we should see an overwhelming majority,” Fauci said, in an interview with The Daily Beast. “That’s if you vaccinate very aggressively in May, June and July.”

Fauci’s comments clarified a Sunday statement by Surgeon General nominee Dr. Vivek Murthy who told NBC’s Meet the Press that “it may be closer to mid-summer or early fall when this vaccine makes its way to the general population.” The statement left the implication that Joe Biden’s COVID task force—on which Murthy serves—was trying to dial down expectations about a vaccine’s availability.

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