EL PASO, Texas -- The nation's top expert on infectious diseases shared his thoughts Thursday about the impact Covid-19 is having on the Hispanic community in Texas.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, participated in a webinar and discussion with the Texas Association of Mexican American Chambers of Commerce (TAMACC).
Fauci said he's seen racial disparities with this virus, with Blacks and Latinos at an increased risk for infection and complications due to socio-economic conditions that limits access to healthcare and treatment of underlying conditions.
He stressed that once there's a vaccine it's important for minorities to get it right away.
When asked about the anxiousness on how effective a vaccine will be, Fauci said he has full confidence in the approval process for it.
"I certainly trust the FDA, I trust the CDC, despite all that you're reading about, that they're going to be standing for science and safety. So when the vaccine is deemed to be safe and effective, I will take the vaccine and I will recommend to my family to take the vaccine," Fauci told the group.
A timeline for a vaccine is still unclear, but Fauci said two more phase-3 vaccine trials will likely start in the next month or so.
You can watch Fauci's entire presentation to TAMACC in the video player below.