Dr. Anthony Fauci testifies before the Senate on the federal response to the pandemic
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White House coronavirus advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci said Thursday that persuasion by people who view the coronavirus as "false news" to get vaccinated against the disease could become an issue as the nation seeks what is known as herd immunity to suppress the pandemic.
"They don't actually think this is a problem," Fauci said during an interview with the Hastings Center. "Despite a quarter of a million deaths, despite more than 11 million infections, despite 150,000 new infections a day, they don't believe it's real. That's a real problem."
Fauci's comments with the Hastings Center are similar to those published Thursday in an interview with the New York Times in which the country's foremost infectious diseases expert said he was "stunned" that people in certain parts of the country were suffering from devastating Covid -19 outbreaks still think about the pandemic to be wrong.
Fauci, director of the National Institute for Allergies and Infectious Diseases, has estimated that at least 75% of the country needs to be vaccinated against Covid-19, although ideally that number would be higher. These estimates also come as companies like Pfizer and Moderna come up with promising preliminary data showing their vaccines are more than 90% effective at preventing Covid-19.
"What I want to see is the vast majority of people get vaccinated so we can essentially really quell this outbreak," Fauci told the New York Times' Dealbook conference on Tuesday.
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