Dr. Donald Forthal, CVR member and chief of the infectious diseases division at the University of California, Irvine, has long studied HIV and dengue fever antibody response, and more recently has focused on the coronavirus. He said that while a vaccine is far from guaranteed and a safe and effective vaccine will take time, it will likely offer enough herd immunity for social distancing guidelines to be relaxed.

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On coronavirus vaccine, don’t hold your breath, experts say