Dr. Anthony Fauci says he would “settle” for 70-75% effective coronavirus vaccine – but warned that the U.S. may not get collective immunity from contagion if too many people refuse to get vaccinated, according to a report.
“The best we have ever done is measles, which is 97% to 98% effective,” leading American infectious disease expert told CNN. “It would be wonderful if we could do it. 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 make it “unlikely” that the country will get a sufficient immunity to stem the epidemic.
A recent CNN poll found that a third of Americans said they would not try to get vaccinated – even though it is widely available and inexpensive.
Collective immunity is achieved when a sufficient percentage of a population is immunized against an infectious disease, either by a previous disease or by vaccination.
Over the next three months, three vaccines should be studied in major clinical trials – but “there is a general anti-science, anti-authority and anti-vaccine feeling in some people in this country – an alarming percentage of people, relatively speaking, “said Fauci.
Given the influence of anti-vaxxers, he added, “We have a lot of work to do” to educate people about the truth about vaccines.
“It will not be easy,” said Fauci, a member of the White House pandemic task force.
“Anybody [who] think it will be easy is not confronted with reality. It will be very difficult. “
He said the government had a vaccine education program to spread the message.
“We currently have a program that will be expanded to reach the community,” he said.
“They may not like a member of the government in a suit like me to tell them, even if I will tell them. They really need to see people they can relate to in the community – sports figures, community heroes, people they admire. “
The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which runs several federal health education programs, has referred CNN to the United States Department of Health and Human Services, which is leading the White House effort to develop a vaccine.
HHS spokesman Michael Caputo has not confirmed the existence of a vaccine education campaign, adding in an email that “I would hate to see CNN turned off [a] madly incorrect story. “
When asked what rating he would give the United States to manage the pandemic, Fauci said, “Some states are going to be A +. Some will be A and some will be in C somewhere, “he said, singling out New York for” doing really well. “