Dr. Fauci says he and Trump don't discuss vaccines often

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(CNN) - Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told STAT News that vaccine development isn’t a common topic of conversation with President Trump.

Fauci said when the White House Task Force was meeting every day, he’d also have meetings with Trump about four times a week.

“But as you probably noticed, that the task force meetings have not occurred as often lately. And certainly my meetings with the president have been dramatically decreased,” Fauci told the medical news website.

Fauci wasn’t impressed with how Moderna put out a press release on their vaccine data. “I didn’t like that,” he said.

“What we would have preferred to do, quite frankly, is to wait until we had the data from the entire Phase 1 — which I hear is quite similar to the data that they showed — and publish it in a reputable journal and show all the data.”

Nevertheless, the Moderna release did make him “cautiously optimistic.”

He’s also happy to see several other vaccines in development, including the Oxford University/AstraZeneca vaccine and the Pfizer vaccine, as well.

“What I like about the whole thing is that there are multiple candidates that we’re involved with. It just feels good to be directly or indirectly involved in four or five candidates,” he said.

As Fauci has said before, the timetable for having a vaccine by the end of the year is “aspirational” but “doable.”

“The only thing that’s the big unknown to me is that, is it going to be effective? I think we could do it within the time frame that I’ve outlined. But there’s no guarantee that it’s going to be effective,” he said.

“Whether we do the trial over 10 years, or we do it over four months, the endpoint is still the same.”

But that doesn’t mean he’s worry-free. When asked if the prospect of an adverse reaction to the vaccine worries him, Fauci simply said, “Yes, I am.”

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