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Fauci says Covid-19 vaccine might not get us the herd immunity we need

June 29, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Dr. Anthony Fauci says he would "settle" for a Covid-19 vaccine that's 70% to 75% effective, but that this incomplete protection, coupled with the fact that many Americans say they won't get a coronavirus vaccine, makes it "unlikely" that the US will achieve sufficient levels of immunity to quell the outbreak.

(CNN)Dr. Anthony Fauci says he would "settle" for a Covid-19 vaccine that's 70% to 75% effective, but that this incomplete protection, coupled with the fact that many Americans say they won't get a coronavirus vaccine, makes it "unlikely" that the US will achieve sufficient levels of immunity to quell the outbreak.

He said given the power of the anti-vaccine movement, "we have a lot of work to do" to educate people on the truth about vaccines.

Fauci said the government has a vaccine education program to counteract anti-vaccine messages.

When asked what grade he would give the country for handling the coronavirus outbreak, Fauci said some states were doing better than others.

Fauci said in states where you can see people congregating closely without using masks, "that's a recipe for disaster. "

Until there's a vaccine, one key to controlling the virus is contact tracing, the public health practice of trying to contain an outbreak by isolating infected people, asking them with whom they've had contact while they were infectious, and then quarantining those contacts.

When asked how the United States is doing with contact tracing, Fauci answered, "I don't think we're doing very well. "

by summa-bot

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