U.S. Could Hit Herd Immunity This Summer, Fauci Says

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    The overwhelming majority of Americans could be vaccinated against Covid-19 by the second quarter of next year, leading to herd immunity by the fall, Anthony Fauci, the U.S. government’s top infectious disease doctor, said Tuesday.

    In an online news conference with Colorado governor Jared Polis, Fauci said the ordinary man and woman on the street, without co-existing conditions or elevated risks, will start getting access to the vaccines now being considered by U.S regulators in April. If Americans embrace the immunization, most may have gotten the shot before August comes to a close, he said.

    “That means you would have herd immunity that would allow you to safely get people back to school in the fall, to safely get people back to the kinds of work that would otherwise be difficult as you get to the middle and the end of the summer,” Fauci said.

    The director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases also said he was surprised by the high efficacy of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.

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