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Coronavirus Vaccine Could Be Ready by Start of 2021, Fauci Says

The U.S, should have access to 100 million doses of one COVID-19 vaccine candidate by the end of the year, said Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

“[B]y the beginning of 2021, we hope to have a couple hundred million doses,” Fauci, a prominent member of the White House’s coronavirus task force, told the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) on Tuesday.

The vaccine, which will be made by biotech company Moderna, would by midsummer go into the final stage of trials that will involve about 30,000 people between the ages of 18 and 55, as well as elderly patients and people who have underlying health conditions.

However, Fauci said he is wary of any vaccine’s long-term effectiveness, telling JAMA that “it likely isn’t going to be a long duration of immunity.”

Meanwhile, Surgeon General Jerome Adams warned that ongoing protests over the death of George Floyd could lead to a spike in coronavirus cases as large numbers of people gather in proximity.

“I remain concerned about the public health consequences both of individual and institutional racism [and] people out protesting in a way that is harmful to themselves and to their communities,” Adams told Politico this week.

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