Anthony FauciAnthony Fauci'Highest priority' is to vaccinate the unvaccinated, Fauci says Sunday shows - Boosters in the spotlight Fauci: Data for Moderna, Johnson & Johnson booster shots 'a few weeks' out MORE, the nation’s top infectious diseases expert, on Monday said he's "concerned" about the stalled transition process between President TrumpDonald TrumpCapitol fencing starts coming down after 'Justice for J6' rally Netanyahu suggests Biden fell asleep in meeting with Israeli PM Aides try to keep Biden away from unscripted events or long interviews, book claims MORE and President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenCapitol fencing starts coming down after 'Justice for J6' rally Senate parliamentarian nixes Democrats' immigration plan Biden pushes back at Democrats on taxes MORE.
"Obviously it's something that we're concerned about," he said in an appearance on NBC's "Today," pointing to the need for a "smooth process" for approving and distributing a COVID-19 vaccine.
"We want a smooth process for that," he said. "And the way you do that is by essentially having the two groups speak to each other and exchange information."
“The virus is not going to stop and call a time out.” -Dr. Anthony Fauci on the importance of a smooth transition between White House administrations pic.twitter.com/o623TYpOwA— TODAY (@TODAYshow) November 16, 2020
Trump, who has not conceded the presidential election, is not providing Biden's team access to government resources. Biden is not yet receiving intelligence briefs or interacting with other government agencies.
"As you know, I've served in six administrations, so I've seen a number of transitions and I know that transitions are very important to get a smooth — I use the metaphor of passing a baton while running. Hopefully, we'll see that soon. Transitions are important," Fauci said.
"The virus is not going to stop and call a timeout while things change. The process is just going to keep going," he added.
The U.S. just reported more than a million new COVID-19 cases in less than a week. However, Fauci said he's optimistic about progress toward a vaccine.
He noted that Monday's report that Moderna's vaccine is 94.5 percent effective in the latest round of testing is "a really strong step forward."
"The vaccines are effective," he said, also pointing to Pfizer's recent report of a 90 percent effective vaccine attempt. "We want to get it approved as quickly as we possibly can. We want to get doses to people starting in December. And then we want to really get the ball rolling as we get into January, February, March."
He predicted by the end of December "there will be doses of vaccines available for individuals in the higher-risk category."