Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has been continually giving advice and educating the public on the COVID-19 pandemic.
Over the weekend, Fauci explained how the United States needs to play “catch up” with its rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine. The doctor blamed the mismanaged distribution on “glitches.”
“We are not where we want to be. There’s no doubt about that, but I think we can get there if we really accelerate, get some momentum going,” Fauci told correspondent Martha Raddatz on “The Week.”
Fauci said the country “fell short” of its goal to give 20 million vaccines to facilities by the end of 2020. However, the doctor explained how the distribution process has been “catching up with that” in the first several days of the new year.
“What we need to catch up with now is getting into people’s arms, because there’s now about 4 million. We wanted to get to 20 million,” Fauci said.
The doctor said the struggle in distributing the vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna have been “understandable.”
“I think it’s just trying to get a massive vaccine program started and getting off on the right foot. There have been a couple of glitches, that’s understandable,” Fauci said.
“I think the important thing is to see what’s happening in the next week to week-and-a-half,” he added.
With both the Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines being rolled out across the United States, many are hoping life will soon return to some sort of pre-pandemic normalcy.
Fauci predicted 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 said. “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.”