Children may need to receive Covid-19 vaccine before herd immunity is reached, says Dr Fauci

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Children may need to receive Covid-19 vaccine before herd immunity is reached, says Dr Fauci


Efforts are underway to vaccinate American adults as quickly as possible amid the coronavirus pandemic so the country can return to normal. This has included more and more states opening up vaccine eligibility to include larger segments of their residents.

But Dr Anthony Fauci, the country’s leading infectious disease expert, said the country achieving herd immunity to Covid-19 may also be dependent on vaccinating children, who are currently not eligible for any of the available vaccines.

“I think we have to be careful not to marry this concept of herd immunity because we really don’t know precisely, for this virus in particular, what it is,” Dr Fauci said in a statement. hearing before the Health, Education, Work and Pension Committee Senate Thursday.
“We don’t really know what the magic point of herd immunity is, but we do know that if we get the overwhelming population vaccinated, we’ll be in good shape. Ultimately, we would like to have children. in this mix, ”he added.
The longtime director of the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases estimated that 70 to 85% of the population should be vaccinated or have developed immunity against Covid-19 to achieve herd immunity.

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