Herd immunity occurs when a large percentage of a specific population becomes immune to the virus
Dr. Eric Topol, founder and director of the Scripps Research Translational Institute, said in an interview published Sunday that up to 90% of Americans may need to be vaccinated to end the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Now we need 85 to 95% vaccination against Delta,” he said. USA Today.
The paper reported that Tom McCarthy, head of the Rhode Island Department of Health’s COVID Response Unit, also cited the delta variant, putting the number at around 90%.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told the New York Times An interview published in December said that 70% to 90% of the US population would need to be vaccinated (or vaccinated) against COVID-19 for the country to reach herd immunity.
“We don’t really know what the actual number is. I think the actual range is somewhere between 70 and 90 percent. But, I’m not going to say 90 percent,” he said at the time.
Herd immunity occurs when a large percentage of a specific population becomes immune to the virus; Immunity can occur naturally or through vaccines to prevent viral infections such as the flu and COVID-19.
About 56 percent, or 185 million, of Americans are thought to be fully vaccinated.
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Fauci suggested on Sunday that Americans may have to spend Christmas alone in 2021. He told CBS’s “Face the Nation” that it was too early to tell.
“We have to focus on continuing to bring down those numbers and not try to go ahead for weeks or months and say what we’re going to do at a particular time,” Fauci said.
Granthshala News’ Audrey Conklin contributed to this report