Dr. Anthony Fauci on Sunday reassured Americans that there’s “help” coming to fight the COVID-19 pandemic — saying that promising vaccine candidates have the potential to curb the health crisis.
The Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said vaccines could soon offer some “serious help” to the nation, which he acknowledged was in a “very serious situation” due to new record daily cases and hospitalizations.
“Help is on the way,” Fauci told NBC anchor Chuck Todd on “Meet the Press.”
“Traditionally and historically, highly efficacious and effective vaccines have crushed epidemics like smallpox and polio and measles. We can do that with the vaccines that are going to be coming online.”
Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer sought emergency government approval Friday for its vaccine, which the firm said showed 94.5 percent efficacy in clinical trials.
The biotech firm Moderna is also likely to soon seek permission for its vaccine, which the company says is about 95 percent effective.
Food and Drug Administration officials plan to take around three weeks to review Pfizer’s vaccine.
If granted approval, the company said that it could begin distributing the shot within hours — meaning Americans could get a vaccine by the end of the year.
Fauci, however, warned that people should keep up health measures to prevent the spread of the virus.
“Recognize the difficulty of the situation we’re in. Do the public health measures, but be prepared for some serious help that we will get from the vaccines,” Fauci said.
Fauci says ‘help is on the way’ with new COVID-19 vaccines The British Journal Editors and Wire Services/ New York Post.