Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has predicted average Americans will be able to get vaccinated by April.
He told CNN's Jake Tapper on Tuesday that ordinary families could have access to a vaccine within the first quarter next year.
“We have a lot of people in this country who may not want to get vaccinated right away,” Fauci said. “That's why we were talking that it might take well into the second and third quarter to finally get people to be convinced to get vaccinated.”
He said that many may be persuaded by Pfizer's announcement on Monday that its Covid-19 vaccine is more than 90% effective, according to early data.
“I believe the incentive to get vaccinated will be greatly enhanced by the degree of efficacy. When you hear something is 90 to 95% effective, it makes it much more likely that someone would want to get vaccinated,” he said.
US Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said in an interview on NBC’s Today earlier Tuesday that he anticipated being able to vaccinate most vulnerable Americans by the end of December and all Americans by the end of March to early April.
“The timeline is Pfizer will be producing and delivering to us approximately 20 million doses of vaccine each month, starting at the end of this month in November,” he said, adding that Moderna is also already producing its vaccine candidate.