We are now well over half a year into this nightmare pandemic, and with no end in sight.
The President is trying not to panic the nation, dropping hints and breadcrumbs about when a vaccine might be widely available to the public. Outside of social distancing and mask wearing, a vaccine is the only surefire way to knock this infernal virus to the ground.
Trump has hinted that there may even be some progress on the vaccine prior to the November election, but experts have urged caution with that prediction.
Now, one of the nation’s top infectious disease experts is offering his take on a potential timeline.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert, said Wednesday that he would bet on a coronavirus vaccine to be proven safe and effective before the end of 2020.
‘‘I would still put my money on November/December,” he said, during a Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute panel on global pandemics.
Fauci, 79, one of the most trusted faces of the coronavirus task force, said his informed projection was calculated based on where the clinical trial sites are in their studies, according to CNN.
He added that researchers need to see about 150 infections occur in a vaccine trial for it to be deemed safe and effective.
Fauci’s prediction mimics that of many other experts who have urged the nation not to take the President’s suggestion at face value.
The only nation claiming to possess a coronavirus vaccine is Russia, but medical authorities are skeptical that this potential treatment is unproven and possibly nothing more than a bit of propaganda.