After touting a coronavirus vaccine as the only way for the US to return to normal early on, Dr. Anthony Fauci has ended hopes that the immunization will be the silver bullet that some hoped it would be.
During a Q&A with the Brown University School of Public Health on Friday, Fauci revealed that he believes the chances of a vaccine being highly effective is “not great.”
“The chances of it being 98% effective is not great, which means you must never abandon the public health approach,” Fauci said, indicating that even if a vaccine is released by 2021, public health experts are unlikely to recommend lifting other cautionary measures.
“You’ve got to think of the vaccine as a tool to be able to get the pandemic to no longer be a pandemic, but to be something that’s well-controlled,” Fauci continued.
Many health officials cautioned in April and May that there would be no return to normal until a vaccine is developed. Now, they’re cautioning that even widespread vaccinations may not be enough to lift restrictions.
However, it’s not all bad news, as Fauci said later in the session that he is still “cautiously optimistic” that an effective vaccine will be developed, though it may not be on the timeline originally projected.
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