With both the Moderna and Pfizer coronavirus vaccines being rolled out across the United States, many are hoping life will soon return to some sort of pre-pandemic normalcy.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious diseases expert, has tempered expectations and predicts things won’t really change until much further into the year.
“It’s going to take several months. ... It’s not going to happen in the first few months,” Fauci told MSNBC, according to Politico. “If we do it correctly, hopefully, as we get into the end of the summer, the beginning of the fall of 2021, we can start to approach some degree of normality.”
"Whenever you have a very large operation, such as trying to vaccinate an entire country with a new vaccine, there always will be bumps in the road," Fauci added. "We hope ... as we get into the first week or so of January, we'll catch up quickly with that 20-million-dose-in-the-arms projection that we had. And as we get into the middle of January, February, March, we would be on the target."
The 80-year-old received his vaccine just before Christmas and disclosed he “barely experienced any side effects.”
"The only thing I had was 6-10 hours following the vaccine I felt a little bit of an ache in my arm that lasted maybe 24 hours, a little bit more," Fauci explained. "Then went away and completely other than that I felt no other deleterious types of effects."
Fauci is now waiting to get his second dose of the vaccine and is cautious about the possibility of suffering some side effects from the follow-up shot.
“Perhaps when I get the boost I might feel a little aching because the immune system will be revving up even more but I'll be getting that in about three weeks,” he added.