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

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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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