U.S. health officials believe coronavirus vaccine could be widely available by April

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Testifying before a senate committee Wednesday, United States health officials said they believed a coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine would be ready for wide distribution by spring, 2021.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said it is possible there are 50 million doses available by November, 100-plus million available by December and about 700 million available by January.

Robert Redfield, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), reaffirmed this timeline to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, saying, “We will have the 700 million doses based on projection by late March, early April.”

Fauci explained that the vaccine will not be available “to a large proportion” of the population initially, and that it is likely that health care professionals and those with underlying conditions would be the first to receive immunization, once it

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