Most average, healthy Americans who are not elderly and have no underlying conditions will likely be able to get a Covid-19 vaccine at the end of March or start of April, according to Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
Fauci said it’s important for everyone to get vaccinated because the quicker that’s done, the quicker the US can establish “an umbrella of herd immunity” so the pandemic stops spreading at its current rapid rate.
Herd immunity, Fauci said, “is so, so important in bringing the level of virus to way, way down to below the threatening level. The sooner we get there, the better we are.”
A powerful vaccine: Fauci said he did not expect the vaccines awaiting FDA approval to be as effective as they are.
“We had technological advances that allowed us to do things in weeks to months that normally would have taken several years,” he said. “That didn’t compromise any safety, it didn’t compromise any scientific integrity. We invested an extraordinary amount of money to get the doses ready as soon as the vaccine was ready to be administered.”