DNT Houston – To reach “herd immunity” and reasonably expect return to normalcy, between 75% to 80% of all persons must be vaccinated according to Dr. Anthony Fauci, the American physician and immunologists.
Fauci made this declaration in an interview with CNN’s Dana Bash on the States of the Union. The estimate by Fauci is a far cry from the 50% of Americans, for example who have said they would take the vaccine when it becomes available.
Meanwhile pessimism associated with the vaccine is higher in the developing world. A DNT survey conducted in October suggests that as little as 23% of Africans would take the vaccine when it becomes available.
Reasons cited include the belief that the coronavirus is not dangerous enough in Africa to warrant submitting to an interference of the body. Other respondents cited unfounded beliefs that the vaccine is a ploy by the west to control population growth in Africa.
already social media is replete with conspiracy theories about the real objectives of the in-coming vaccinations. Last week a viral video showed a nurse who collapsed minutes after taking the vaccine while on camera answering to reporters’ questions That nurse late admitted that she is prone to collapsing saying “passing out is a common thing with me.”
Today virtually all of Europe begins the vaccination campaign starting like the United States with essential and frontline workers. Even if Europe and the United States achieve the Fauci-recommended 80% vaccination rate, how to eliminate conspiracy theory-driven pessimism in developing countries to achieve that benchmark globally remains a challenge.