Dr. Fauci predicts COVID-19 vaccine could be available by April 2021

Dr. Fauci predicts COVID-19 vaccine could be available by April 2021


A vaccine for COVID-19 could be widely available as soon as this April, according to Dr. Anthony Fauci — a timeline that runs slightly longer than President Donald Trump’s previous predictions.

Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, made the assertion during an interview with CBS News Wednesday, saying a vaccine “will likely be [available] within the first quarter of 2021, by let’s say April of 2021.”

Trump has for months been targeting the release of a vaccine by Nov. 3 — election day for the US — even going so far as to say that one could be released within the next few weeks.

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“We could even have it during the month of October,” he said during a press conference last month.

“The vaccine will be very safe and very effective and it will be delivered very soon. You could have a very big surprise coming up.”

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar

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