The United States is hoping to have 100 million doses of a coronavirus vaccine by 2021, according to Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert and director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

In a live Q&A with the Journal of the American Medical Association, he said, “Then, by the beginning of 2021, we hope to have a couple hundred million doses.” The Institute is working with a biotech company Moderna to create a vaccine. The vaccine should enter Phase 3, by mid-summer, with almost 30,000 volunteers for testing the vaccine.

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“The real business end of this all will be the Phase 3 that starts in the first week of July, hopefully,” Fauci said. “We want to get as many datapoints as we can.” Phase 3 will include volunteers of all age groups. Vaccines are also underway in the United Kingdom and that testing will follow a similar timeline.

“I’m cautiously optimistic that with the multiple candidates we have with different platforms, that we are going to have a vaccine that will make it deployable,” Fauci said. And because people generally recover from the disease, the immune response to clear the virus is there. “Which tells us, that if the body is capable of making an immune response to clear the virus of natural infection, that’s a pretty good proof of concept,” Fauci said. “Having said that, there is never a guarantee.”

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