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