Chip Somodevilla / Getty ImagesDr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, speaks to reporters following a meeting of the coronavirus task force in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House on April 6, 2020, in Washington, D.C. (Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images)
Infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci voiced optimism Friday about the initial results of a coronavirus vaccine trial.
Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, also said it remains possible a vaccine against the virus could be available by the end of 2020.
Moderna Inc. announced promising results this week regarding early testing of a COVID-19 vaccine. The company said the vaccine appeared safe and able to ward off the virus, though detailed results have yet to be published.
“Having looked at the data myself, it is really quite promising,” Fauci, who expressed “cautious optimism” regarding the results, told NPR.
“The vaccine induced