(TheConservativeNews.org) – Late last year, news broke that a number of viable COVID-19 vaccines had been developed. People felt they could see the light at the end of the tunnel. As we now know, that may have been slightly premature. Limited vaccine availability and challenging distribution requirements mean COVID-19 will still have an impact on our lives for most of 2021.
However, things may be looking up.
“Open Season” by April
On Thursday, February 11, Dr. Anthony Fauci discussed the likely pace of the vaccine rollout over the coming weeks and months in an interview with NBC. He claimed we were likely to see a “much greater acceleration of dosage” in the spring, with April bringing an “open season” when almost anyone should be able to seek their first dose. This will result from the increased availability of the vaccine by that point. He also said it might be several more months after that before everyone would be fully vaccinated, due to the logistics involved.
The UK Variant
Fauci also discussed the much-publicized UK variant of the COVID-19 virus. He admitted this strain of the disease does spread more rapidly, and that this is a genuine cause for concern. However, he added that the available vaccines were performing well against the variant.
Fauci is the chief medical adviser in Joe Biden’s administration. He’s also the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). While he and Donald Trump had some public disagreements about the best way to approach the virus during Trump’s presidency, he remains a highly-respected public health professional.
Fauci’s comments will be welcomed by every American. This deadly virus has been putting unprecedented pressure on our economy and our public health systems for almost a full year now. If the vaccine is indeed widely available by the summer, we will be ahead of most other developed countries in terms of inoculation distribution.
COVID-19 may still define our everyday lives at the moment, but it seems as though the second half of 2021 may have better things in store for us.
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