Slow start to coronavirus vaccinations should set off alarms

Source: Leana S. Wen, Washington Post (Paid Registration)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported on Monday that 2.1 million doses of coronavirus vaccines have been administered in two weeks. While this might sound like an impressive number, it should set off alarms.

Let’s start with the math. Anthony S. Fauci, the government’s top infectious-disease doctor, estimates that 80 to 85 percent of Americans need to be vaccinated to reach herd immunity. Both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines require two doses. Eighty percent of the American population is around 264 million people, so we need to administer 528 million doses to achieve herd immunity. At the current rate, it would take the United States approximately 10 years to reach that level of inoculation. That’s right—10 years.

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