Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious diseases expert, on Thursday said the coronavirus vaccine rollout hasn’t gone as he expected.
“We would have liked to have seen it run smoothly and have 20 million doses into people today by the end of the 2020, which was the projection,” Fauci said during an appearance on “Today.” “Obviously, it didn’t happen, and that’s disappointing.”
The Trump administration had touted a goal of getting 20 million people a first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by the end of the year. But the actual number will fall far short of that mark.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s COVID data tracker, about 2.8 million people have received their first vaccine dose as of Thursday.
Fauci said he hopes vaccine distribution will increase in January but that local municipalities will need support in order for that to happen.
“There really has to be a lot more effort in the sense of resources for the locals, namely, the states, the cities, the counties, the places where the vaccine is actually going into the arms of individuals,” he said.