President Joe Biden won’t commit to achieving herd immunity to the coronavirus in the U.S. by the end of summer.
President Joe Biden won’t commit to achieving herd immunity to the coronavirus in the U.S. by the end of summer, suggesting a long road ahead for the battle against Covid-19.
“The idea that this can be done and we can get to herd immunity much before the end of this summer is very difficult,” the Democrat said in an interview broadcast on CBS on Sunday ahead of the Super Bowl.
The White House set a goal of 100 million doses in Biden’s first 100 days as president, though the pace of vaccinations is currently higher than that.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading epidemiologist, has said that it would require a minimum of 75% of the public to be inoculated against Covid-19 to achieve herd immunity.
Biden also said during the interview that he was exploring new ways to vaccinate more Americans more quickly.
The virus has killed more than 460,000 people in the U.S. and infected nearly 27 million.