A surprising question to Dr. Anthony Fauci from CNN’s Dana Bash.
“Why weren’t you straight with the American people to begin with,” Bash asked on State of the Union. The two were talking about the COVID-19 vaccine and herd immunity and how the goalposts seem to be ever changing.
Fauci responded that it wasn’t a matter of being straight, but humble about realizing the unknowns.
“The calculations that I made 70, 75 percent, it’s a range. The range is going to be somewhere between 70 and 85 percent. The reason I started saying 70, 75 percent, I brought it up to 85. That’s not a big leap. It was based on calculation and pure extrapolations from measles. Measles is about 90 percent effective vaccine. The covid-19 vaccine is about 90, 95 percent,” he said.
He concluded by saying, “I think we all have to be honest and humble,” he said. “Nobody really knows for sure, but I think 70 to 85 percent for herd immunity for Covid-19 is a reasonable estimate.”