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As drug makers work on developing vaccines against the coronavirus, Dr Anthony Fauci stressed the importance of overcoming public scepticism toward inoculations using a campaign of community engagement and outreach, according to a report.

“If we get a widespread uptake of the vaccine, we can put an end to the pandemic and we can create a veil of immunity that would prevent the infection coming back,” the top infectious diseases expert said on CNN on Monday.

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“You have to do it by extending yourself to the community, not by a dictum from Washington,” added Fauci, a member of the White House pandemic task force.

Fauci is the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, which is working with Moderna on a vaccine.

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On Monday, the Cambridge, Mass.-based drugmaker began the final round of clinical trials, making it the first candidate to enter a crucial stage of research in the US.

The company’s Phase 3 trial will test its experimental inoculation in about 30,000 people at nearly 100 research sites across the country to evaluate whether it can safely and effectively prevent COVID-19 infections.

Fauci called it “crunch time” for vaccine development, adding that he was “cautiously optimistic” about the progress.

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