U.S. disease expert Fauci says vaccine verdict due by early December

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FILE PHOTO: Senate HELP Committee's update on COVID-19 and progress toward safely getting back to work and schools
FILE PHOTO: Senate HELP Committee's update on COVID-19 and progress toward safely getting back to work and schools

LONDON (Reuters) - U.S. infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci said on Sunday it would be clear whether a COVID-19 vaccine was safe and effective by early December, but that more widespread vaccination would not be likely until later in 2021.

"We will know whether a vaccine is safe and effective by the end of November, the beginning of December," Fauci told the BBC.

"When you talk about vaccinating a substantial proportion of the population, so that you can have a significant impact on the dynamics of the outbreak, that very likely will not be until the second or third quarter of the year."

(Reporting by William James; Editing by Catherine Evans)