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WATCH: Dr. Fauci says it’s 'more likely than not' we’ll have COVID-19 vaccine within 1-2 years

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In response to a question by Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, on whether developing a COVID-19 vaccine within a year or two is a “long shot,” National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Dr. Anthony Fauci said this timing was definitely not out of the question. “I would think it is more likely or not that we will” get a vaccine within a year or two, Fauci said. He also added that the body is capable of spontaneously clearing the virus, which tells him that “we can stimulate the body with a vaccine that will reduce a similar response.”

Leading U.S. health officials on Tuesday appeared before the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions to answer questions about safely reopening schools and workplaces. In addition to Dr. Fauci, Centers on Disease Control and Prevention Direct Robert Redfield, Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Stephen Hahn and Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services for Health Adm. Brett Giroir also spoke before the committee.

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