Dr. Anthony Fauci, a White House health adviser, recently updated the timeline for when all Americans will have access to a COVID-19 vaccine.
Fauci said it will likely be sometime between mid-May and early June when most Americans can get the vaccine, per CNBC. Fauci had previously suggested late March to early April would be the time when every American can get the vaccine.
- The decision to delay comes as Johnson & Johnson changed its supply estimates for its new vaccine, which is still waiting on emergency use approval from the Food and Drug Administration, according to CNBC.
Earlier in February, Fauci told the “Today” show that vaccine distribution will pick up. He said people will have a chance to get the COVID-19 vaccine in April, as I wrote for the Deseret News.
- “It’s going to be picked up … what’s going to happen as we get into March and April, the number of available doses will allow for much more of a mass vaccination approach which is really much more accelerated than what you’re seeing now.”
- He continued, “If you look at the projection, I would imagine by the time we get to April, that would be what I call, for better wording, ‘open season.’ Namely virtually everybody and anybody in any category can start to get vaccinated.”
Look to Christmas
President Joe Biden said Tuesday night at a CNN town hall event that the U.S. will see a return to normal around Christmastime.
- “So if that works that way, as my mother would say with the grace of God and the goodwill of the neighbors, that by next Christmas I think we’ll be in a very different circumstance God willing, than we are today,” Biden said at the CNN event.