Fauci Doubts Effectiveness Of COVID-19 Vaccine In US Due To Anti-Vaxxers


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The US is “unlikely” to achieve herd immunity to the coronavirus even with a vaccine, according to the country’s leading public health expert, who warned that a “general anti-science, anti-authority, anti-vaccine feeling” is likely to thwart vaccination efforts.

In an interview with CNN, Dr Anthony Fauci also said people not wearing masks was “a recipe for disaster” and said of the Trump administration’s attempts at contact tracing: “I don’t think we’re doing very well.”

The US reported a record number of new coronavirus cases in a single day on Friday, with 36 states reporting a rise in infections and Texas, Florida and Arizona particularly badly hit. With more than 2.5m coronavirus cases and more than 125,000 deaths, the US accounts for about 25% of all coronavirus cases and deaths worldwide.

Countries including the US are scrambling to develop a vaccine, and Fauci has said one could be available by the end of 2020 or early 2021. But he suggested the vaccine would not be fully effective.

“The best we’ve ever done is measles, which is 97% to 98% effective,” Fauci told CNN. “That would be wonderful if we get there. I don’t think we will. I would settle for [a] 70%, 75% effective vaccine.”

Polls have shown that many Americans are skeptical of a vaccine. In May only half of Americans said they would get one if it becomes available, while a Washington Post survey showed 27% would likely refuse a vaccine.

Fauci was asked if herd immunity could be achieved through two-thirds of the population taking a vaccine that was only 70% to 75% effective.

“No – unlikely,” he said.

“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,” Fauci said, adding that the government has “a lot of work to do” to educate people about vaccines.

(Source: Guardian)


  1. Misleading headline. He’s not saying it wont work because of a small group of people who don’t vax. He’s saying that Americans as a people – right now – are not into it. And therefore most people wont get it. BIG difference!

  2. Very funny! Where is our herd immunity to flu? Is that also anti-vaxxers fault?
    So here we go again Big pharma talking head is laying the foundation for blaming the anti-vaxxers for very likely covid-19 vaccine failure.

  3. I thought a vaccine was meant to protect you , why suddenly are vaccines only successful when everyone takes them . Sounds suspicious .
    Only older people take the shingles vaccine to protect themselves. If you want it to work, then all the newborns need the shingles vaccine , too? When has this suddenly changed ? I guess they need to make money so everyone needs to take it . By the way the vaccine is meant to sterilize people and A 19 year old girl in Israel died from the corona vaccine. I guess it’s working . This is their end goal.

  4. Thankfully people are starting to wake up to a new reality; government isn’t reliable or trustworthy
    This isn’t about antivaxx. This is about protecting our families.
    I’m not sure how many of you out there would take the chance of taking a vaccine for a disease which has the same fatality rate as a flu, but after listening to the GSK whistleblower information, and the possibility of an over 90% infertility rate within 7-10 years of the vaccine, should give any thinking human being pause before sending their family to be tried upon.

  5. Fauci is an idiot excuse my French
    One poll showed HALF of Americans would refuse the vaccine -many citing safety concerns, others just not worried about corona due to their age and health status. Anti vaxxers definitely do not come close to that percentage…. at most they are 10% of the population, given current vaccination levels. (Probably even lower) Is it possible that anti vaxxers have simply opened up the public’s eye to the fact that vaccines (especially rushed vaccines) can harm? I sure hope so.

  6. Fauci (to the extent you can believe that self-admitted liar) is saying that the immune-compromised and others who legitimately cannot get vaccinated will remain unprotected by herd immunity, and that to a much lesser extent the general (vaccinated) public will also have slightly less protection. As for anti-vaxxers, they will not get a free ride with the coronavirus vaccine as they selfishly do with other vaccines.

  7. Freedom Fighter: cut out your anti-torah conspiracy theory based philosophy , and get real Im sure you also believe that measles vaccines cause autism despite the fact that its been disproven numerous time and the fact that the doctor who started the conspiracy theory admitted to making it up for money and lost his medical license. stop these campaigns of nutty conspiracy anti-vaxxers and get real!
    IHateCommunism: the flu vaccine does not provide immunity because influenza is an extremely unstable virus and mutates so much that the vaccine is barely affective to one strain and is almost completely unaffective against other strains. In fact the flu vaccine gives relatively little protection but it does give some protection and its a dead virus so there is no risk in doing it so you might as well get the 10% protection or whatever.
    A word of hope is that its possible that a vaccine will be safe even for immunocompromised people meaning that even if there is no herd immunity they could get a shot at personal immunity (pun intended) also if there are multiple approved vaccines even if one is ineffective in a person they may get another chance to try another. although we wont really know until they finish doing lots of testing .

  8. Old Crown Heights, why won’t anti-vaxxes get a free ride on covid-19?
    Will you make sure to charge them for their selfishness?
    What about people who have antibodies, will they also have to take a vaccine just to make it fair?

  9. “Old Crown Heights, why won’t anti-vaxxes get a free ride on covid-19?” Because there will be so many of you folks that you’ll keep encountering each other and infecting each other. Only people with the vaccine (if such a thing ever comes out) will have protection.

    “Will you make sure to charge them for their selfishness?” I have no way to charge you, but when I say v’Chol haMinim viChol haZedim … I think of professional anti-Vaxxers spreading dangerous misinformation.

    “What about people who have antibodies, will they also have to take a vaccine just to make it fair?” If the virus mutates and there’s a vaccine for the new strand I would imagine doctors will recommend they get the vaccine.

  10. Old Crown Heights, there are no professional anti-vaxxers!
    There is no money in being an Anti-vaxxer!!!
    People get labeled as “anti-vaxxers” or “vaccine deniers” when they start asking questions usually after one of their kids gets a crazy side effect from vaccine. Venishmartem also applies to vaccine side effects!
    When Chazal put into Shome Esrei “v’Chol haMinim viChol haZedim” they actually had in mind people who deny existence of Hashem , like most medical Doctors and University professors in our days!
    I don’t know where people like you got the idea that vaccine theory (yes, it’s a theory) is one of the Yud Gimel Ykrim, but keep in mind that people who develop vaccines will say “Benefits far outweigh the Risks” even if 5% of ppl will suffer life changing side effects. They don’t consult their local Orthodox Rabbis, they consult their crocked world view that “all disease needs to be eliminated”. Nazis took it to the next logical step by applying eugenics to excuse Holocaust! Yes, Holocaust! So be very careful with your Kavonas!

  11. Old Crown Heights, there are no professional anti-vaxxers! There is no money in being an Anti-vaxxer!!! – of course there is! People are hawking all kinds of use ‘alternative’ remedies for profit much to the detriment of sick people who buy them.

    Your 5% number is false.

    Your understanding of Judaism vis-a-vis doctors is wrong.

    And seeing firsthand the heartless fleecing of simple Jews for profit by anti-vaxxer, ‘alternative’ remedy frauds I also disagree with your analogy of who the NAZIS are.

  12. Old Crown Heights,
    5% number was told to me directly by Highly Respected pediatrician with over two decades of experience in the field.
    5% of serious side effects include autoimmune diseases, neurological disorders, serious allergies and childhood cancers. Not everyone reacts to vaccines the same way. The more and the earlier we give them the more likelihood of side effects. Another 10% get mild side effects. The rest, 85% have no side effects, so most kids do OK with most vaccines.
    Unfortunately, those 5% of kids and their parents, have to face doctors who live in denial, they claim side effects are rear and brand new chronic illness that their kid got soon after the shot is just a coincidence. Because of that 90% of adverse reactions never get reported to VAERS according to CDC. That still adds up 40000+ reports annually. Very few families actually get compensated, yet, as of October 2019, $4.2 Billion in compensation payouts. If everyone who actually got hurt would get compensated US would go Broke!

    “seeing firsthand the heartless fleecing of simple Jews for profit by anti-vaxxer”
    Does every “anti-vaxxer” becomes a “doctor” or provider of alternative medicine?
    How many ppl go broke paying medical bills? How about special ed?

    Every person, no matter how well educated, who does not have “Yiras Shomaim” could end up doing what Nazis did!

    How many “antivaxxer” billionaires or even multi-millionaires do you know?

    Did you ever look at your doctor bills before issrance