"For almost a year, Americans have been looking forward to herd immunity, when
enough people are protected through vaccination or past infection to stop the
spread of COVID-19.
Once there, public officials have said, masks won't be necessary and hugging
and handshakes – not to mention gyms, bars and indoor dining – can return.
But even as more than half of adult Americans have received at least one dose
of vaccine and many others are protected by recent infections, health experts
are moving away from the idea of reaching some magic number.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease doctor, doesn't want to
talk about herd immunity anymore.
“Rather than concentrating on an elusive number, let's get as many people
vaccinated as quickly as we possibly can,” he said at a White House briefing
last week, a sentiment he's since repeated.
What Fauci doesn't explicitly state, but others do, is that with about a
quarter of Americans saying they might not want to be immunized, herd
immunity is simply not an attainable goal."
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