Fauci: Covid vaccines could get full FDA approval in the "next few weeks"
NIAID director Anthony Fauci said on Sunday that he hopes the COVID-19 vaccines will receive full approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration "within the next few weeks."
Why it matters: Fauci's remarks on NBC's "Meet the Press" come at a pivotal point in the pandemic, as the Delta variant has caused coronavirus cases across the United States to balloon.
- The U.S. has reported a total of about 35 million confirmed cases as of Saturday.
- Fauci underscored the importance of quickly inoculating the millions of Americans who remain unvaccinated, and said he believes full FDA approval would drive the cause.
- "I hope that it will be within the next few weeks. I hope it's within the month of August," he said.
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