US Top Health Officials Says a Vaccine May Not be Able to Push the Population Towards Herd Immunity

by Tiago Decker

As worlds race to find a vaccine for the unprecedented pandemic that has engulfed the globe, the country with the most deaths and infections cannot catch a break. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the leading health official from the United States response team has said that he would settle for a COVID-19 vaccine that may be 70% to 75% effective, however, with incomplete protection, many Americans might not reach levels of herd immunity.

The United States has three promising vaccines that will hit the human trials stages withing the next three months. “The best we’ve ever done is measles, which is 97 to 98 percent effective,” said Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. “That would be wonderful if we get there. I don’t think we will. I would settle for a 70, 75% effective vaccine.”

Furthermore in a recent interview when Fauci was asked whether a vaccine with 70% to 75% efficacy should provide a blanket immunity to the population, Fauci answered with a cold “No”. Herd immunity is achieved when a significant portion of the population gains immunity to an infectious disease through natural or introduced means so that infections are curbed.

Fauci further quotes that it won’t be easy to deliver a vaccine and curb the infections in the states as the current infection count points at excess of 2.6 million, with the death counter pointing in excess of 120,000.

Fauci further grades the states in terms of preparedness and present handling of the coronavirus. While some states got a “A” and an “A+”, he downgraded some states with a “C”. Fauci named New York with a “A” for doing really well over reducing the curve, however, he declines to name any states associated with lower grades.

He further urged people to wear masks as a debate has rose between the general population on the actual existence of the virus has led to a surge in cases.

 

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