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Fauci says the vaccine-hesitant will need to get inoculated for the US to reach herd immunity

Summary List PlacementIn order for the US to reach herd immunity against COVID-19, those who are unvaccinated will need to get inoculated, said Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert.  "We can get herd immunity really easily if we get everybody vaccinated," Fauci said during an interview on MSNBC Tuesday.  When asked by MSNBC's Mehdi Hasan whether the nation can reach herd immunity without the help of those who are resistant to getting the vaccine, Fauci replied, "I don't think so." "The only way you can get through herd immunity without them is if the unfortunate situation, if they all...

Dr. Anthony Fauci.

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In order for the US to reach herd immunity against COVID-19, those who are unvaccinated will need to get inoculated, said Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert. 

“We can get herd immunity really easily if we get everybody vaccinated,” Fauci said during an interview on MSNBC Tuesday. 

When asked by MSNBC’s Mehdi Hasan whether the nation can reach herd immunity without the help of those who are resistant to getting the vaccine, Fauci replied, “I don’t think so.”

“The only way you can get through herd immunity without them is if the unfortunate situation, if they all wind up getting infected,” said Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. 

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Fauci added, “And then you’ll have a combination of infected individuals who have some degree of protection and together with vaccinated individuals.”

“But that’s going to lead to a whole lot of suffering, a whole lot of hospitalization and a whole lot of death,” he noted. 

According to the latest data from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 51.5% of the total US population is fully vaccinated against COVID-19, while 60.8% of the total population has received at least one vaccine dose. 

But the highly transmissible Delta variant of the coronavirus may make herd immunity impossible, a developer of the Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine has said.

Sir Andrew Pollard, a professor of pediatric infection and immunity at the University of Oxford, said earlier this month that reaching herd immunity is “not a possibility” with the Delta variant in play. 

“We know very clearly with coronavirus that this current variant, the Delta variant, will still infect people who have been vaccinated, and that does mean that anyone who’s still unvaccinated, at some point, will meet the virus,” Pollard said.

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