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Fauci: By end of 2020 we'll know if vaccines effective

United States National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Dr. Anthony Fauci said on Wednesday that it will be clear by the end of the year if any of the main COVID-19 vaccine candidates will be safe and effective.

Testifying before Congress, Fauci stated he was "cautiously optimistic" that a vaccine will be found but warned there is "never a guarantee of that." He stressed that "it might take some time" for a vaccine in the US to become available to the public due to the "rigorous clinical testing required" to ensure it is safe and effective.

The epidemiologist added that Moderna, Pfizer, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson are most likely to have a vaccine approved as their candidates are already in late-stage testing, but noted Novavax is also expected to launch final stage trials in October.

Breaking the News / NP