Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told a Senate Health Committee on Wednesday that a “large proportion” of the United States will not be vaccinated against Covid-19 this year.
If a vaccine is approved and begins to get rolled out by the end of the year, Fauci said, “If you're talking about who's going to get vaccinated in December, or November, it is not going to be a large proportion of the population.”
When you get to January and February of next year, then further into April, that’s when the US could potentially see “a total of about 700 million” doses, he added.
Those prioritized for an early vaccine will likely be health care providers and those who are vulnerable, with underlying conditions, he said.
“We're not going to have all of the doses available, for example, by the end of December, they will be rolling in as the months go by,” Fauci said. “By the time you get to maybe the third or fourth month of 2021, then you'll have doses for everyone,” he said.