Fauci warns U.S. “unlikely” to reach herd immunity if many Americans refuse vaccine
Washington — Dr. Anthony Fauci, one of the nation’s leading experts on infectious diseases, warned Sunday that it’s “unlikely” the U.S. will achieve herd immunity to the coronavirus if a portion of the population refuses to get a coronavirus vaccine.
In an interview that aired Sunday as part of the Aspen Ideas Festival, Fauci said he would “settle” for a coronavirus vaccine that is between 70% and 75% effective, “because that would bring you to that level that would be herd immunity level.”
But when asked by CNN senior medical correspondent Elizabeth Cohen whether the U.S. can get to herd immunity if 25% of the population refuses to get a coronavirus vaccine with that rate of effectiveness, Fauci said, “No, unlikely.”
“That’s one of the reasons why we have to make sure we engage the community as we’re doing now, to get community people to help us, …continued .
[Source: CBS News]