Dr. Anthony Fauci says chance of coronavirus vaccine being highly effective is ‘not great’

Director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases Dr. Anthony Fauci testifies before the US Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee hearing to examine COVID-19, “focusing on lessons learned to prepare for the next pandemic”, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on June 23, 2020.

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White House coronavirus advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci said Friday the chances of scientists creating a highly effective vaccine — one that provides 98% or more guaranteed protection — for the coronavirus are slim.

Scientists are hoping for a coronavirus vaccine that is at least 75% effective, but 50% or 60% effective would be acceptable too, Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said during a Q&A with the Brown University School of Public Health. “The chances of it being 98% effective is not great, which means you must never abandon the public health approach.”

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