Al Drago – Pool / Getty ImagesDr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, speaks during a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing on June 30, 2020, in Washington, D.C. (Al Drago – Pool / Getty Images)
We’re not used to Dr. Anthony Fauci sounding optimistic.
So it really got my attention the other day when he declared that he is optimistic about the prospects for a COVID-19 vaccine by the end of 2020.
And yet maybe we shouldn’t be surprised, because there is a reason to be optimistic.
Many pharmaceutical companies are working toward a vaccine – four primary ones in the U.S. – but many others throughout the world. They’ve put the vaccine on a fast track, and even the notoriously slow Food and Drug Administration has agreed to expedite its approval process as much as possible so a