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WATCH: Dr. Fauci says thousands signing up for virus trials

WASHINGTON — Dr. Anthony Fauci says 250,000 people have registered on a National Institutes of Health website to take part in experimental vaccine trials.

Watch Dr. Fauci’s remarks in the player above.

The study of the first vaccine involving 30,000 people began this week. The U.S. government plans to launch studies of additional vaccines every month through the fall.

Trials are pivotal for establishing the safety and effectiveness of the vaccines. Not all patients who volunteer for clinical trials are eligible to participate.

When asked if every American will be able to get a coronavirus vaccine when it’s available, Dr. Anthony Fauci said yes, but in the beginning there will be prioritization. Video by PBS NewsHour

Fauci is testifying before House lawmakers on the federal response to the pandemic, alongside the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the government’s testing czar. With hospitalizations and deaths on the rise, Fauci says Americans most again embrace public health basics such as social distancing and mask wearing.