Dr. Anthony Fauci said coronavirus vaccines might fight the deadly beetle as effectively as the polio blasts on the debilitating disease in the 1950s – but they pushed people on board who still think COVID-19 are a joke, according to a report get.
The country’s foremost infectious disease expert predicted the vaccines will allow workers to return to offices and restaurants in the second half of 2021, the Wall Street Journal reported.
“There is a significant proportion of people who believe this is not real, that it is fake news, or that it is a joke. This is extraordinary. I’ve never seen this before,” said the national leader Infectious Disease Expert on Tuesday at the Journal’s CEO Council Summit.
Fauci, who will serve as the country’s chief medical officer in the administration of President-elect Joe Biden, said he would tell the White House, “We must all be on the same page and tell the American public that we must pull ourselves together.” This is the most important thing for me. “
The top doctor said that among the hurdles to be overcome is people’s reluctance to get the shot and an increase in cases caused in part by misinformation about the bug.
Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases, and Deborah Birx, Coronavirus Response Coordinator at the White House reiterated their call for public health action.
“We have to deal with the misunderstandings people have with this virus,” Birx said at the summit, adding that she didn’t know what role she will play in the new government but that she will stay in the federal government .
Fauci said healthcare workers and nursing home residents will receive their first vaccinations, followed by various levels of prioritization that likely include seniors, people with underlying medical conditions, and workers with critical jobs like teachers.
Younger people and people with no underlying health conditions will likely be able to get the sting in late March or early April if the vaccination program runs efficiently, Fauci said.
According to the Wall Street Journal, about 75 percent of the vaccinated population should have low levels of circulating viruses and a return to work.
“I don’t think we’re going to exterminate [Covid-19] Like we did with smallpox, but I think we can do what we did with polio, “said Fauci, who added that the rigor of public health measures will gradually wear off.
The Food and Drug Administration could soon give the green light to vaccines from Moderna and Pfizer and their partner BioNTech.
On Tuesday, the agency concluded that the first vaccine to be considered for distribution in the United States “met the required success criteria” in a clinical study, according to the Journal.
More than 15 million cases of the coronavirus were recorded in the United States on Wednesday morning, killing 286,338 people, according to Johns Hopkins University