The race to find a vaccine for Covid-19 is making progress, and one trial is set to enter a phase 3 trial in July, according to Dr. Anthony Fauci. The noted epidemiologist said it has shown favorable results in animals, and it is one of several vaccines that will enter the third phase of testing in the coming months.
Dr. Fauci acknowledged nothing is ever guaranteed when it comes to the safety and efficacy of a vaccine prior to human testing, but he also is “cautiously optimistic” about the progress being made. He expressed confidence in a vaccine being ready for public use be the end of 2020 or early 2021.
Professional sports are pushing to return sooner than that, but they are doing so without fans — or limited fans as we saw with NASCAR at Talladega. Even without fans, issues are arising, as we’ve seen with the Orlando Pride withdrawing from the NWSL Challenge Cup due to ten positive tests. Major League Baseball facilities in Florida and Arizona have been shutting down due to positive tests, and sporting events like UFC and golf continue even as participants test positive.
Major American sports continue to move toward restarting in late July, but without a vaccine or other effective treatment for the novel coronavirus, health and safety will remain a concern. If an effective vaccine arrives before next spring, it could bode well for a full-fledged return of sports.