Dr. Anthony Fauci, the country’s foremost coronavirus expert, says his top priority in working with President-elect Joe Biden’s administration will be “getting people vaccinated quickly against COVID-19.”
“The first is to get people vaccinated quickly, there’s no doubt about that. For me, that’s the critical issue. You know, if we didn’t have the tools, I’d say, “Well, let’s get the tools.” We have the tools so all we have to do is implement them, ”Fauci told Newsweek when asked to list his priorities for working with in-depth management.
“We know what our way lies ahead of us. We need to vaccinate as many people as possible. We are fortunate to have at least two, and probably more, highly effective vaccines, ”he added. “The real challenge is getting everyone vaccinated as soon as possible. Once we do that, we can stop this outbreak. So we know what the endgame is, we just have to implement it. “
There are already two coronavirus vaccines on the US market – one from Pfizer and one from Moderna – and Fauci expects more to be approved next year.
“We are already determined to develop six of them [COVID-19 vaccines]. Five of them are already on trial, and one of them is going into a phase three trial very soon, maybe today [Monday] or tomorrow [Tuesday]. I think we’ll get multiple vaccine approvals in the first few months of 2021. I am sure we will get more besides Moderna and Pfizer [vaccines]. ”
Earlier this week, President-elect Biden criticized President Donald Trump’s administration for falling behind in introducing the vaccine. Approximately 2.8 million people received their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine despite the Trump administration’s plea that 20 million would be vaccinated by the end of December.
“This will be the greatest operational challenge we have ever faced as a nation,” said Biden during a speech in Wilmington, Delaware, “but we will make it.”
The Covid-19 data tracker, managed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “most likely reflects a delay of several days,” according to the New York Times.
Alan is a New York-based writer, editor, and news junkie.