America’s top infectious disease specialist Dr. Anthony Fauci, speaking to broadcaster PBS news said it is unlikely there will be one COVID-19 vaccine that will be 100-percent effective and that even a half-baked vaccine will be enough to control the pandemic and bring back order within a year.
Dr. Fauci, one of America’s most trusted voice on the pandemic, has also said the vaccine should not take more than a year to come out.
“If you get a vaccine into 2021, throughout the year, I believe, by the year 2021, the end of the year, we will be as good back to normal as we possibly can,” he said.
However, Fauci also made it clear, controlling the virus is not eradicating it and said the only virus humankind has been successfully able to eradicate from the face of the earth is smallpox.
“But we can get it under good enough control that it is so low that it doesn’t interfere with the kind of normal life that we want, to get the economy back, to get employment back,” he said speaking at the PBS broadcast.
America’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA) earlier said it would not approve a vaccine unless proven to be at least 70% effective but later changed the bar to 50%, The Indian Express reports.
When asked what he thinks about some opinions on the pandmeic that it could last until 2024, Fauci said: “I don’t think it is going to be 2024. I think it is going to be more like the end of 2021.”
“Of course, if we do not handle it properly, if there is not a safe and effective vaccine, this could go on for a few years,” Fauci added.
Speaking about the efficacy of the Russian vaccine, Dr. Faici said any vaccine that is ready does not mean it must be administered to the public. “You need to be looking if a vaccine is safe and effective,” he told the PBS.
Russia, amid a global race to land on the first vaccine, earlier this week announced they’ve registered the world’s first COVID-19 vaccine.
But the announcement was received with international criticism over the short time-frame in which Russia announced the vaccine and the fact that the crucial Phase III was skipped before announcing the vaccine.
On Saturday Russia already announced they’ve manufactured the first batch of the vaccine, which they envisage to start administrating to the country’s frontline and at-risk professionals.