Dr. Anthony Fauci says he would “settle” for a coronavirus vaccine that’s 70 percent to 75 percent effective – but warned that the US may not achieve herd immunity to the contagion if too many people refuse to be vaccinated, according to a report.
“The best we’ve ever done is measles, which is 97 to 98 percent effective,” the top US infectious disease expert told CNN. “That would be wonderful if we get there. I don’t think we will. I would settle for [a] 70, 75 percent effective vaccine.”
Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, noted that the incomplete protection and the fact that many people say they will skip the vaccine makes it “unlikely” that the nation will achieve sufficient immunity to stem the outbreak.
A recent CNN poll found one-third of Americans said they would not try to get a vaccine — even if it is widely available and low cost.
Herd immunity is achieved when a sufficient percentage of a population is immune to an infectious disease, either through prior illness or vaccination.
In the next three months, three vaccines are expected to be studied in major clinical trials — but “there is a general anti-science, anti-authority, anti-vaccine feeling among some people in this country — an alarmingly large percentage of people, relatively speaking,” Fauci said.
Given the influence of anti-vaxxers, he added, “We have a lot of work to do” to educate people on the truth about vaccines.
“It’s not going to be easy,” said Fauci, a member of the White House task force on the pandemic.
Source: New York Post
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