Director of the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Dr Anthony Fauci, has warned that the coronavirus pandemic, which he referred to as a nightmare, “isn’t over yet.”
Fauci and the coronavirus pandemic have somewhat fallen out of the headlines of late, with media outlets around the world more focussed on other events lately. However, Fauci has warned that the crisis is not over yet, with thousands of people taking to the streets to take part in the ongoing protests surrounding George Floyd’s death.
“In a period of four months, it has devastated the whole world, said Fauci in a virtual conference held by the Biotechnology Innovation Organization,as reported by MarketWatch, “and it isn’t over yet”.
Fauci went on to say how surprised he was at how quickly the disease spread and that he was confident that a vaccine will be developed, before calling the pandemic his worst nightmare. COVID-19 spread across the globe in a couple months, while it typically takes six months to a year for a disease to spread that far.
“[I’m] surprised how rapidly it just took over the planet,” he continued. ” [It] turned out to be my worst nightmare.
“The industry is not stupid. They figured it out. There’s going to be more than one winner in the vaccine field because we’re going to need vaccines for the entire world. Billions and billions of doses. So I’m almost certain that we’re going to have multiple candidates that make it to the goal line get approved and get widely used.”
He also dismissed any notions that the worst of the coronavirus “nightmare” crisis has already come to pass.
“Where is it going to end? We’re still at the beginning of it,” he concluded.