December 24th local time, Fauci, the top infectious disease expert in the United States, said in an interview with The New York Times that up to 90% of the population may need to be vaccinated against the novel coronavirus if the United States is to achieve herd immunity against the novel coronavirus.
Fauci admits that he has been deliberately gradually increasing the target range of herd immunity, partly based on his belief that the United States is ready to listen to him.” We really don’t know what the real number (to meet herd immunity standards) is,” Fauci said.
“I think the real range is between 70% and 90%. However, I won’t say the figure of 90%.” At the time Fauci presented this figure, data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed that more than 1 million Americans had just been vaccinated.
Meanwhile, Trump administration officials said that the goal of giving 20 million Americans the first dose of vaccine by the end of the year is difficult to achieve.