Predicted when vaccines will bring the world back to normal
But that’s only if people actively vaccinate against the coronavirus.
U.S. Chief Infectious Disease Officer Dr. Anthony Fauci believes that life in the country could become like “normal” by next summer. But only if most Americans are vaccinated against COVID-19. According to Newsweek, Fauci made his comment during an interview for the Harvard School of Public Health.
He was asked how long people would have to keep social distance and wear masks to contain the spread of the coronavirus.
Fauci, who serves as director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said it will depend on how many people take the COVID-19 vaccine. Washington is now looking at drugs from Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna, which are up to 95 percent effective. With this level of efficacy, the U.S. will “be able to get close to a certain normalcy” by the end of the summer, according to the chief U.S. infectious disease specialist. This is assuming that 75-80% of the population is vaccinated.
He also added that if only 40-50% of people are vaccinated, “it will take longer to reach that coverage of collective immunity that would protect us sufficiently.” Newsweek explains that Fauci used the term “collective immunity” in the traditional sense. This means that enough people are vaccinated against the disease so that the infection can no longer spread.
During the pandemic, however, the term changed its meaning somewhat. It has been used to describe the dubious theory that the virus can be allowed to spread freely among those who are not at risk of suffering a severe form of COVID-19. Fauci, like most other experts, stressed that this way of achieving “collective immunity” was unacceptable.