Pandemic Updates: Global News Briefs

Rainer Knirsch, Telekom press spokesman, wears a mouth and nose protector with the app's logo at the beginning of a press conference on the 100-day Corona Warning App at the Federal Press Conference Center in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020.(Kay Nietfeld/dpa via AP)

(AP) Dr. Anthony Fauci says by the end of this year government scientists should know whether they have a safe and effective vaccine for COVID-19.

Fauci is among top officials testifying before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee on Wednesday.

As the government’s leading infectious disease expert, Fauci has been a realist about the dangers of the coronavirus but also optimistic about the prospects for a vaccine. Fauci says people who recover from the virus develop antibodies against it, which gives him confidence a vaccine that triggers the immune system will work.

Fauci says several kinds of vaccines are in final-stage testing in the U.S. A single-dose candidate is the most recent trial, which requires thousands of volunteers.


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