Feb. 12, 2021 -- Anthony Fauci, MD, says the government’s coronavirus vaccination program is ramping up so quickly that the vaccine should be available by April for almost all Americans, not just people in high-risk groups.

“As we get into March and April, the number of available doses will allow for much more of a mass vaccination approach,” he said Thursday on the Today show.

“I would imagine by the time we get to April, that will be what I would call, for better wording, ‘open season,’” he said. “Namely, virtually everybody and anybody in any category could start to get vaccinated.”

But that doesn’t mean everybody will get vaccinated in April, said Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and an adviser to President Joe Biden. Because of the logistics of getting the vaccine into arms, it will be mid- to late summer before most Americans are vaccinated, he said.

The vaccine will be more available because of mobile clinics and more pharmacies that will be enlisted to inoculate people, he said.

Also on Thursday, Biden said the government has signed contracts for 100 million more doses of the Moderna vaccine and 100 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine. Dates for vaccine delivery are also being moved up, he said.

“That means we’re now on track to have enough supply for 300 million Americans by the end of July,” he said in remarks at the National Institutes of Health.

Other vaccines will soon be seeking authorization from the FDA, a step Johnson & Johnson took recently.

Biden also said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell called during the Super Bowl to say the government could have access to all 30 NFL stadiums for mass vaccination sites.

The CDC says that drugmakers have delivered 68.2 million doses of the two-shot Pfizer and Moderna vaccine and that 46.3 million doses have been given.

About 37.7 million people have gotten the first dose and 11.1 million have gotten both doses, the CDC said.

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Today: “Dr. Fauci: It will be ‘open season’ by April for everyone to receive vaccines.”

The White House: “Remarks by President Biden to National Institutes of Health Staff.”

CDC.gov: “Covid Data Tracker.”

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