Dr Anthony Fauci, America’s prominent virus expert who earlier predicted that the country will soon witness 10 million COVID-19 cases a day, has now expressed hope that a vaccine will be available to the public by the end of 2020.

Fauci told the US lawmakers that the US won’t be dependant on countries like Russia and China for the COVID-19 vaccine.

“We hope that by the time we get into late fall and early winter, we will have in fact a vaccine that we can say that would be safe and effective. One can never guarantee the safety or effectiveness unless you do the trial, but we are cautiously optimistic this will be successful,” Fauci said as quoted by the Guardian.

“I do hope that the Chinese and the Russians are actually testing the vaccine before they’re administering the vaccine to anyone. I do not believe that there will be vaccines so far ahead of us that we will have to depend on other countries to get us vaccines,” he added.

Meanwhile, biotechnology company Moderna and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases is developing a vaccine. The vaccine is on the third phase of testing with almost 100 research centers conducting trials over 30,000 volunteers.