Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease specialist, continues to believe we may have a COVID-19 vaccine by early next year, but said this crisis has taught us that we need to be better prepared for the next outbreak.
Dr. Fauci said we soon could have therapeutics to treat people with COVID-19 in the early stages of the disease.
“There are multiple candidates that are in various stages of clinical trial,” Fauci said regarding the progress of a possible vaccine. “One or two of them will go into phase three of efficacy literally at the end of this month.”
In a conversation with the Dean of Stanford Medicine, Fauci said one or more vaccines may be available by the end of the year, or at least the beginning of next year.
Reiterating what he told KCBS in an exclusive interview last week, Fauci said public health officials are aiming to reassure those who are wary about getting a vaccine.
“You’ve got to engage the community to get out there and be people with their boots on the ground, who look like, and are like, the people that they’re trying to convince the importance of getting vaccinated,” Fauci said.
Fauci also said the country needs to develop a solid pandemic preparedness plan.