**FILE** Dr. Anthony Fauci (Andrew Propp for Fogarty/NIH)
**FILE** Dr. Anthony Fauci (Andrew Propp for Fogarty/NIH)

Dr. Anthony Fauci, considered the nation’s top infectious disease expert and a member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, said Monday that vaccinations for the virus could start as early as next month.

Fauci’s proclamation came as Moderna announced that its coronavirus vaccine is 94.5% effective against the virus, CNN reported. The drugmaker plans to apply to the Food and Drug Administration for authorization of its vaccine soon after it accumulates more safety data later this month.

Additionally, Pfizer, which along with Moderna is one of several companies working on a vaccine, announced last week that its vaccine candidate has an efficiency rate of more than 90%, calling it the “greatest medical advance in the last 100 years.”

Fauci said vaccinations should start “toward the latter part of December, rather than the early part of December,” noting that high-priority groups such as health care workers, the elderly and people with underlying medical conditions will be vaccinated first.

“I think that everybody else will start to get vaccinated towards the end of April,” Fauci said, CNN reported. “And that will go into May, June, July. It will take a couple of months to do.”

As of Monday, the U.S. has approximately 11.1 million coronavirus cases and 247,000 related deaths — both tops globally — according to a Johns Hopkins University tracker.

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