In an interview on MSNBC, White House Coronavirus Task Force member Dr. Anthony Fauci stated that a vaccine will be available by the end of this year or beginning of next year, but that life would not return to normal until “well into 2021. Maybe towards the end of 2021.”
“If you’re talking about getting back to a degree of normality, which resembles where we were prior to COVID, it’s gonna be well into 2021. Maybe even towards the end of 2021.” Fauci said.
Fauci added, “I believe we will have a vaccine that will be available by the end of this year, the beginning of next year, but by the time you mobilize the distribution of the vaccinations and you get the majority or more of the population vaccinated and protected, that’s likely not going to happen until the mid or end of 2021.”
Dr. Fauci discusses distributing the coronavirus vaccine to the public and returning to "normality":
"If you're talking about getting back to a degree of normality, which resembles where we were prior to COVID, it's gonna be well into 2021. Maybe even towards the end of 2021." pic.twitter.com/FHhdWhSsFb
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) September 11, 2020
Fauci’s comments contradict the promises of many politicians that COVID-19 restrictions would be lifted when there was an effective vaccine. For example, in late August California Governor Gavin Newsom said that COVID-19 was not going away any time soon and that Californians must “live with this fundamental truth until there is a vaccine.” Newsom added that Californians “will simply need to adapt our behaviors until that time.”