Fauci con­fi­dent of vac­cine by late 2020 or ’21

Chicago Sun-Times - - NATION / WORLD -

WASH­ING­TON — Dr. An­thony Fauci said Fri­day that he re­mains con­fi­dent that a coro­n­avirus vac­cine will be ready by early next year, telling law­mak­ers that a quar­ter­mil­lion Amer­i­cans al­ready have vol­un­teered to take part in clin­i­cal tri­als.

But of­fi­cials tes­ti­fy­ing with Fauci at a con­tentious House hear­ing ac­knowl­edged that the U.S. re­mains un­able to de­liver all COVID-19 test re­sults within two or three days, and they jointly pleaded with Amer­i­cans to com­ply with ba­sic pre­cau­tions such as wear­ing masks, avoid­ing crowds and wash­ing their hands fre­quently.

Those sim­ple steps can de­liver “the same bang for the buck as if we just shut the en­tire econ­omy down,” said a frus­trated Dr. Robert Red­field, di­rec­tor of the Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Preven­tion, adding that he has stud­ies to back that up.

Look­ing ahead, Fauci said he’s “cau­tiously op­ti­mistic that we will have a vac­cine by the end of this year and as we go into 2021. I don’t think it’s dream­ing. … I be­lieve it’s a re­al­ity [and] will be shown to be re­al­ity.”

Gins­burg out of hos­pi­tal

WASH­ING­TON — Jus­tice Ruth Bader Gins­burg has been dis­charged from a hos­pi­tal in New York City and has re­turned home, the Supreme Court said Fri­day.

The court said Gins­burg, 87, is do­ing well, two days af­ter un­der­go­ing a min­i­mally in­va­sive pro­ce­dure on Wed­nes­day to “re­vise a bile duct stent” at Memo­rial Sloan Ket­ter­ing Cancer Cen­ter.

Dr. An­thony Fauci

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