"I'm sorry, but I have to disagree with that because if you look at the thing that you just mentioned, the statistics, Andrea, they're disturbing", Fauci told MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell on Friday.
Supply of a potential vaccine would have to be fervently dispersed at a rate comparable to the spread of the virus, which 40,000 Americans are confirmed to have been diagnosed with and 1,000 Americans are confirmed to have died from each day. "I've been stressing this over the last few weeks to a month or more", Fauci said. He added that new weekly cases have gone down by 44% since July.
Dr. Anthony Fauci recently put a damper on the recovery efforts taking place in many states across the country by suggesting that the United States will not return to normal until well into next year.
Fauci said he hoped the country did not see a spike in cases after the Labor Day weekend as it did after other long holiday weekends since May.
"I believe that we will have a vaccine that will be available by the end of this year, the beginning of next year, but by the time you mobilize the distribution of the vaccinations and you get the majority or more of the population vaccinated and protected, that's likely not going to happen till the mid - or end - of 2021".
To date, there have been 6,397,547 cases of COVID-19 in the United States and 191,802 deaths, according to data compiled by John Hopkins University.
"Being indoors absolutely increases the risk [of transmission]", he said.
Fauci also said that the campaign rallies that Trump resumed were risky.
Mitchell said, "You've been talking about vaccines, the flu season is coming, of course, so there's that as well". "You don't want to start off already with a baseline that's so high", Fauci said.
President Trump made the remarks hours after Fauci urged Americans to "hunker down and get through this fall and winter, because it's not going to be easy".
Fauci has broken with Trump in the past, saying that the USA shouldn't pursue herd immunity after Trump referenced it in an interview earlier this month, McClatchy News reported.
Appearing on MSNBC, Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health, answered a question about journalist Bob Woodward's reporting of Trump acknowledging that he was publicly downplaying the coronavirus while privately acknowledging its severity.