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WHO: ‘We are nowhere close’ to having the herd immunity needed to stop the coronavirus


Source: Anna Medaris Miller, Business Insider US , 18 August 2020, photo credit: BioWorld

Recent reports have suggested that herd immunity may be achieved when as little as 50% of the population is immune. Herd immunity occurs when enough of the population is immune to the coronavirus, either via exposure or vaccine, for transmission to wane.

That’s a welcome projection in light of earlier estimates that at least 70% of the population would need immunity before we’d be at “herd” level. 

But these estimates are largely irrelevant and a distraction from the tools experts know work in combatting the coronavirus’s spread, World Health Organisation officials said during a media briefing Monday. 
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