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Fauci says 85% of Americans will need to be vaccinated against COVID-19 for the U.S. to reach 'herd immunity'

 The nation's top infectious expert says that more than three-quarters of the U.S. population will need to receive COVID-19 vaccines to achieve 'herd immunity.'

Dr Anthony Fauci said that, although the country will start to see the effects of the vaccine when about 50 percent are immunized, much more is needed to suppress the deadly virus. 

'If you really want true herd immunity, where you get a blanket of protection over the country...you want about 75 to 85 percent of the country to get vaccinated,' Fauci told Vox's Today Explained.

'I would say even closer to 85 percent. We've got to get as many people as we possibly can.'

It comes one day before the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) advisory committee is set to meet to recommend whether or not to approve Moderna Inc's vaccine and add a second jab, along with Pfizer Inc's, to the national rollout.

Dr Anthony Fauci said 85% of Americans will need to get coronavirus vaccines for the U.S. to achieve 'herd immunity.' Pictured: Fauci testifies at a U.S. Senate committee at the U.S. Capitol, September 23

Dr Anthony Fauci said 85% of Americans will need to get coronavirus vaccines for the U.S. to achieve 'herd immunity.' Pictured: Fauci testifies at a U.S. Senate committee at the U.S. Capitol, September 23

A recent poll showed that nearly 84% of Americans want to get the jab, but 44% of them want to wait a bit before doing so. Pictured: Christian Gardner, clinic nurse leader in the emergency department at Rochester General Hospital, receives his vaccination from nurse Shannon McCarthy-Leone, December 15

A recent poll showed that nearly 84% of Americans want to get the jab, but 44% of them want to wait a bit before doing so. Pictured: Christian Gardner, clinic nurse leader in the emergency department at Rochester General Hospital, receives his vaccination from nurse Shannon McCarthy-Leone, December 15

Public health officials have warned for years that vaccines not only protect individuals but also the community as a whole in what is known as 'herd immunity.'

This occurs when the vast majority of a community - between 80 and 95 percent - becomes immune so that, if a disease is introduced, it is unable to spread.

Therefore, those who are unable to be vaccinated, including the ill, very young and very old, are protected.

A few months ago, the idea of getting at least 80 percent of Americans vaccinated seemed like a pipe dream. 

In September, a poll conducted by Axios-Ipsos found that nearly six in 10 people did not want to receive the jab against COVID-19 as soon as it becomes available.


That was a 15 percent increase from the 53 percent that reported the same sentiment at the end of August.

However, this was mainly due to fears that the FDA was under political pressure by President Donald Trump to approve an immunization before the November 3 presidential election. 

But Pfizer's vaccine was approved just last week and Moderna's is expected to be authorized this week.

And a new poll from ABCNews/Ipsos found that nearly 84 percent of Americans say they will get a coronavirus vaccine, even though 44 percent said they would rather 'wait a bit' after the rollout of shots to get theirs. 

One reason public attitudes may have changed is because the vaccines weren't approved by the election deadline.


Another reason is that clinical data has showed that both vaccines are around 95 percent effective at preventing COVID-19.

In fact, Moderna's was also found to be 100 percent effective at preventing severe disease.

That's 'almost as good as it gets,' Fauci told Vox. 

'We're not too far away. [We're] right in that ballpark of a really extraordinary vaccine. 

8 comments:

  1. First he ridiculed "herd immunity", now he and his faucist followers exhort this baloney...The only herd El Fauci cares about is you and yours following his lead...Go figure

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  2. Fauci is a real weaseldick......he can't make up his mind what the hell he's pushing this week......

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  3. I think "Wrong way" Fauci should go back to putting the fudge on Keebler's butter cookies.

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  4. LOL, they said the vaccine does not make you immune LOL

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  5. 2010
    • Deaths: 2,468,435
    • Population: 309,346,863

    2011
    • Deaths: 2,515,458
    • Population: 311,718,857

    2012
    • Deaths: 2,543,279
    • Population: 314,102,623

    2013
    • Deaths: 2,596,993
    • Population: 316,427,395

    2014
    • Deaths: 2,626,418
    • Population: 318,907,401

    2015
    • Deaths: 2,712,630
    • Population: 321,418,820

    2016
    • Deaths: 2,744,248
    • Population: 323,071,342

    2017
    • Deaths: 2,813,503
    • Population: 325,147,121

    2018
    • Deaths: 2,839,205
    • Population: 327,167,439

    2019
    • Deaths: 2,855,000
    • Population: 329,110,439

    2020
    • As of September 24th there are 2,033,736 total deaths in the US.
    That's a daily average of 7,588 deaths.
    7,588 X 365 days= 2,769,620 is the total deaths we could expect in 2020 based on the numbers so far.
    So the question is this: How can we have Fewer Deaths in the US if there is a pandemic going on?
    For the last 100 years there has never been a decrease in total deaths per year in the US.
    If this were a normal year, with no pandemic, we should have around 2,875,000 deaths.
    But this isn’t a normal year so we should end up with around 3,200,000 deaths when you add in the Covid-19 deaths.
    Someone isn’t telling us the truth.

    [Are we being Gaslighted in the extreme?]

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  6. Fauci should be arrested, tried and imprisoned for terrorizing the US population over an alleged virus that has a 99% recovery, aiding and abetting a process that has literally destroyed the US economy. Even Kary Mullis, inventor of the misused PCR test, said on a video made before his 'convenient' death in 2019, that Fauci is just an annoying bureaucrat that has only limited knowledge of biological processes and is rather dull-witted.

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