NYT: Fauci acknowledges transfer of goalposts on herd immunity from COVID-19


Dr. Anthony Fauci has long cited 60% to 70% as the level of COVID infection / vaccination the country will need to get herd immunity – to fade the disease and normalize life, New York Times / Donald G. Writes McNeil Jr.

But, but, but: “About a month ago, he started saying ’70, 75 percent ‘in television interviews. And last week, in an interview with CNBC News, he said that ’75, 80, 85 percent’ and ’75 to 80 -Plus percent, “writes McNeil.

what’s new: “In a telephone interview,” McNeill continues, “Fauci admitted that he was slowly but deliberately moving the goalposts.”

  • “He’s doing this, he said, partly based on new science, and partly on his gut feeling that the country is finally ready to hear what he really thinks.”

Confessional confession:

“When the survey said that only about half of all Americans would get vaccinated, I was saying that herd immunity would be 70 to 75 percent … Then, when new surveys said 60 percent or more of it Will took, I thought, “I can nap it’s a little up,” so I moved to 80, 85. We need to keep some modesty here …. We don’t really know what the real number is. I think the real range is somewhere between 70 and 90 percent. But, I am not going to say 90 percent. “

Go in: Keep reading McNeil’s “How much is herd immune?” (Contribution.)

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