Dr. Anthony Fauci recently provided some coronavirus vaccine updates. Along with this, he discussed some of the obstacles which will hold back the U.S in the fight against the virus to achieve herd immunity.
17 vaccines are in human trials according to the World Health Organization. The world is waiting for one of them to be approved for the market- or most of the world. A recent anti-vax “uprising” could be dangerous.
Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, explains how this could hold back America.
With previously mentioned vaccines in development, they won’t work on everybody. Vaccines can’t be effective in 100% of the population. Fauci said he would “settle for” 70 to 75 percent effectiveness, according to CNN. This is still a long shot, he elaborates, “The best we’ve ever done is measles, which is 97 to 98 percent effective”. He says that he doesn’t think we’ll get there for a COVID-19 vaccine.
This doesn’t mean a vaccine is worthless, though. There will be 3 government supported companies that will conduct large scale human trials for their vaccines in the next 3 months. The Department of Health and Human Services is collaborating with AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford for 300 millions doses of their coronavirus vaccine. Because of this, they’re being backed $1.2 billion. The Trump Administration started Operation Warp Speed, which is financially backing many front-running companies.
Speaking with CBS, Fauci expects that the U.S will have millions of doses of the vaccine by the end of the year. However, he said on Tuesday that there is “no guarantee” that one will even be ready by early 2021.
If all goes well, like how Fauci hopes it does, then will the U.S become immune to the coronavirus?
The dangers the anti-vax movement
Herd immunity is the result of many individuals in a population being immune to a widespread disease. An example would be almost all of mankind to the common cold. If one of the few untouched and undeveloped civilizations in the world contracted it then they would most likely die.
Many Americans reportedly would not take a coronavirus vaccine. Even if it is cheap and easily accessible, one-third of Americans won’t try to get vaccinated, according to a poll from CNN.
Maybe some of these people are lazy, don’t care, or just can’t access it for some reason. Others say it’s because of their newfound beliefs. Anti-vaxxers are people who believe that vaccines cause autism, cancer, and brain deficiencies, among more. Some even claim that they deteriorate their health on purpose.
Many of these anti-vaxxers are posting online to platforms such as Twitter or Facebook to spread their message. Debates and arguments are also happening on these platforms from those against these messages.
When asked by CNN if the U.S can achieve herd immunity if 25% of the population refuse to take the vaccine, Fauci replied, “No, unlikely”.
Government officials provide contradicting information on rumored programs to educate the general public on vaccines and their effectiveness. With Fauci predicting a worst-case scenario of 100,000 new cases daily, things need to change. People need to listen to science. Wearing masks, maintaining social distancing guidelines, and eventually taking the vaccine will all help.