Fauci expects a spike in COVID-19 infections

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said Tuesday he expects more COVID-19 infections after the U.S. reopens after the coronavirus pandemic. However, Fauci said the number of new cases will be low if restrictions are removed carefully and consistently, and if all new cases are identified, isolated and monitored.

According to this scenario, the U.S. will have “small number” of new cases and the total number of those infected will reach 70,000 – 80,000 people.

Fauci believes that the virus’s return is inevitable. What’s more, he says the coronavirus will never completely disappear.

By the end of this year, it will be known if scientists will be able to get a safe and effective vaccine. Then, the main task will be to produce enough vaccine and distribute it around the world, Fauci said.

Potential vaccine trials on humans began at Oxford University in London last week. According to the New York Times, the vaccine performed well in a monkey trial. If the trials are successful, several million doses of the vaccine will be produced by September.