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Infectious disease specialist names main condition for herd immunity

09:45, 16 December 2020
Infectious disease specialist names main condition for herd immunity Photo: Jens Büttner/dpa/Global Look Press

The formation of herd immunity will require vaccination of 85 percent of the US population, Anthony Fauci, the nation's leading infectious disease scientist, told Vox.


If you really want true herd immunity, where you get a blanket of protection over the country ... you want about 75 to 85 percent of the country to get vaccinated. I would say even closer to 85 percent, he noted.

The US has serious problems with the production and distribution of the vaccine. Plus, more than 25 percent of Americans don't want to be vaccinated. The most common reason for rejection is doubts about the side effects of a new drug.

According to The Kaiser Family Foundation, the number of Americans who 'probably' will get vaccinated against the coronavirus has grown by 8 percent in the past three months. Now the number of those who are inclined in favor of vaccination is 71 percent.

US President Donald Trump may fire Anthony Fauci after the election, NEWS.ru earlier reported.