Dr. Fauci Just Made This Major COVID-19 Prediction for the Fall
It's "conceivable" we have an approved vaccine by October, says the nation's top immunologist.
The nation's top immunologist just offered some surprisingly encouraging news in regards to COVID-19 vaccination efforts. During a virtual conference yesterday, Anthony Fauci, MD, revealed that the coronavirus vaccine currently being developed by the biotech company Moderna could potentially see approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) by mid-to-late fall. He even suggested that it could happen as early as October. Earlier reports predicted that a vaccine wouldn't be approved by the FDA until well into 2021.
Dr. Fauci's comments came during a virtual press conference with National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins, M.D., Ph.D. "We're beginning a Phase 3 trial that is very quick—it certainly is the world's record—when one thinks from the time of the sequence to a Phase 3 trial," Fauci said.
However, he was sure to emphasize that the remarkably fast approval process included "no compromise at all in safety or scientific integrity."
When asked specifically if the vaccine would potentially be approved as early as October—a development that could result in an "October surprise" before the general election in November—Fauci said it's "conceivable," and noted that the speed of the vaccine development may depend on another surge in cases.
"If we have a real blast of a rash of infection in those sites in which we do have active enrollment [in trials], that you might get an answer earlier than November," he said. "I doubt that, but we're leaving an open mind that that might be possible."
Fauci repeated these points in a later interview with Fox News White House reporter John Roberts.
"If you look at the accrual and the rate of accrual … you could project that you'll get an answer [on FDA approval for the Moderna vaccine] sometime in the mid-to-late fall—that would be November, that could be October," said Fauci.
The immunologist's take on the approval timeline for a vaccine is a not to be understated, as he has developed a reputation for telling hard-truths, while some detractors have labeled him an "alarmist." Of course, FDA approval is the next critical step in the march toward having a publicly available vaccine. The subsequent production and distribution of such a vaccine will likely take several more months. And to learn more about potential COVID-19 vaccines, make sure you're The Biggest Myth About the COVID Vaccine You Need to Stop Believing