Fauci says herd immunity possible “reasonably quickly” if enough Americans take vaccine

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Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious diseases expert, said Sunday the U.S. could reach herd immunity against the coronavirus “reasonably quickly” next year if enough Americans get vaccinated.Appearing on “Face the Nation,” Fauci said “help is on the way” in the form of the vaccine, but Americans need to exercise caution as the holidays approach and take steps to mitigate the spread of the virus through the winter, saying the country is in a “very, very difficult situation” as cases continue to rise. Vaccines will be available “relatively soon” if Americans can “hang in there,” Fauci said. Vaccines produced by Pfizer and Moderna have been shown to be highly effective, but Fauci said herd immunity — the threshold at which enough people have been vaccinated or infected by the virus to curtail its spread — can’t be achieved if only 40% or 50% of the population receives the vaccine, Fauci said. Polling has shown Americans are still skeptical of a vaccine, and many say they will either delay vaccination or won’t get it at all. “What we do need is we need to get as many people as possible vaccinated, and that’s why we want to be very transparent for people …

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