Fauci predicts ‘herd immunity’ for the United States in late spring or early summer

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Dr Anthony Fauci predicted on Monday that the United States could achieve herd immunity to Covid-19 by “the end of the second quarter of 2021” after the wider deployment of vaccines.

Speaking to Hallie Jackson of MSNBC, Fauci – who is the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases – said that, based on “the effectiveness of the deployment,” the Covid-19 vaccines should be widely available to most Americans in the spring.

According to him, depending on whether enough people can be convinced to get the vaccine, it could be that “at the end of March, at the beginning of April, the normal healthy man and woman on the street who don’t suffer from any underlying condition probably get it. “

In late spring or early summer, Fauci hopes the United States will achieve “that collective immunity umbrella.”

“By the time we get to the fall, we can start to approach some degree of relief where the level of infection will be so low in society that we can start to essentially approach some form of normalcy,” a- he told Jackson.

He said extraordinary public health measures – such as the use of masks, event cancellations and improved hygiene – will likely continue “for several months into the second half and beyond 2021” .

“It is only when the level of infection in society is so low that it is no longer a threat to public health that you can then consider the possibility of subsequently reverting to public health measures,” said Fauci.

To encourage others, Fauci also volunteered to be vaccinated publicly as soon as possible.

“As soon as my turn comes, which will probably be very soon, I will be available to get vaccinated publicly, so people can see that I am convinced that this is something we need to do.”

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