US public health officialdom has relented in its claim that ‘herd immunity’ should be achievable if enough people line up to get their shot[s]. From The Hill:
Public health experts and scientists say they do not believe herd immunity is attainable for the near future due to dropping COVID-19 vaccination rates, The New York Times reports.
According to the experts who spoke with the Times, the coronavirus will more likely become a constant but manageable threat in the U.S. for several more years. New COVID-19 strains are also reportedly developing too quickly for herd immunity to be reasonably expected.
“The virus is unlikely to go away,” Emory University evolutionary biologist Rustom Antia told the newspaper. “But we want to do all we can to check that it’s likely to become a mild infection.”
Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious diseases expert and President Biden‘s chief medical adviser, acknowledged a shift in thinking by experts who had once believed achieving herd immunity by summer was a possibility.
At the same time, The New York Times‘ May 1 edition suggests targeting rural Christian Americans, a demographic perceived by DC and media elites as the most suspicious (critically-minded) and resistant of the experimental COVID19 inoculation.