Dr. Michael Osterhom, the director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, warned Sunday that the next three months may be the "darkest of the entire pandemic," citing a "major problem in messaging" related to COVID-19.

"We do have vaccines and therapeutics coming down the pike," Osterholm said on NBC's "Meet the Press" Sunday. "But when you actually look at the time period for that, the next six-to-12 weeks are going to be the darkest of the entire pandemic.

Osterholm told host Chuck Todd that despite some progress, "vaccines will not become available in any meaningful way until early to third quarter of next year."

"And even then, half of the US population, at this point, is skeptical of even taking the vaccine," Osterholm said. "So what we have right now is a major problem in messaging."

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