Dr. Anthony Fauci said it’s “unlikely” the United States would reach herd immunity from the coronavirus even if a successful vaccine is developed because of strong resistance to getting inoculated.
The director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases spoke with CNN’s Elizabeth Cohen during an interview broadcast for the Aspen Ideas Festival Sunday night and noted there is a good chance a vaccine for the SARS-CoV-2 virus will be available by the end of this year or early next year.
“I still think that one can say that I’m cautiously optimistic that we will have one or maybe more candidates of vaccines that could be available and be effective by the end of the year or the beginning of 2021,” he said.
He added later, however, that pushback to getting a vaccine — some polls say as many as one-third of Americans would refuse to be vaccinated — could result in a lack of herd immunity.
“We have a lot of work to do because as you well know … there is a general anti-science, anti-authority, anti-vaccine feeling among some people in this country — an alarmingly large percentage of people, relatively speaking.”