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Covid-19 Vaccine Won’t Be Available Until January, Fauci Says

  • Researchers may be able to get first look at data in December
  • Emergency-use authorizations may be given in January or later
Anthony Fauci said a vaccine is unlikely in 2020.

Anthony Fauci said a vaccine is unlikely in 2020.

Photographer: Graeme Jennings/Washington Examiner/Bloomberg

A vaccine to help control the coronavirus outbreak isn’t likely to be available in the U.S. until January, if then, according to Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious-disease doctor.

President Donald Trump, pharmaceutical industry leaders and some public-health officials had said previously that an immunization to prevent Covid-19 could be available before the Nov. 3 election. That date has been consistently pushed back, however, as clinical studies -- which are running at unprecedented speed -- started to hit a few hurdles.