Coronavirus herd immunity 'getting close' in some regions, NIH director says

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  • Source: Fox News
  • 04/26/2021
The director of the National Institutes of Health on Sunday predicted that the U.S. could reach "herd immunity" from COVID-19 at 70% to 85% of people vaccinated or previously infected – and said some regions of the country are getting close to that.

Dr. Francis Collins said experts "don’t really quite know" yet the exact rate of the population that needs some form of protection to achieve herd immunity, but the benchmark is likely "up there around 70, 85%."

"We’re not there yet. You can see some places in the country that are getting close to that with a combination of having had a lot of cases of COVID, which also provides you with some immunity, plus the vaccines," Collins told NBC host Chuck Todd on "Meet the Press."

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