Dr. Anthony Fauci has put an end to speculation that a potential coronavirus vaccine would be effective enough to wipe out the public health threat.
CNBC reported Friday that according to the face of President Donald Trump’s coronavirus task force, “the chances of scientists creating a highly effective vaccine — one that provides 98% or more guaranteed protection — for the virus are slim.”
Until there is a successful vaccine for COVID-19, it unlikely that social distancing measures will be rolled back. Sadly, while Fauci said he expects a vaccine to be available soon, he doesn’t think it will have the 98% effectiveness that is required to mitigate the threat of the coronavirus.
“The chances of it being 98% effective is not great, which means you must never abandon the public health approach,” he said at a talk at Brown University, according to CNBC.
He went on: “You’ve got to think of the vaccine as a tool to be able to get the pandemic to no longer be a pandemic, but to be something that’s well controlled.”
According to The New York Times, COVID-19 has infected some 5 million Americans, and left at least 162,000 dead.
Without a vaccine, it’s likely the numbers will continue to rise. But according to CNBC’s report, researchers are striving for just 75% effectiveness.
In Fauci’s view, just 50% would be enough to count the vaccine as a success. CNBC reported: “A 50% effective vaccine would be roughly on par with those for influenza, but below the effectiveness of one dose of a measles vaccination, which is about 93% effective, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”
Now, the only question that remains is: If a vaccine is available by Election Day, how will it be politicized?
Will Democrats accuse Trump of rushing a vaccine to help him win the election, painting the success rate as being far worse than it really is? Alternatively, will they encourage people to take the vaccine?
If a vaccine isn’t ready by Nov. 3, will Democrats blame Trump for failing to make it happen?
One thing is for certain: Democrats will do whatever they can to paint this as a loss for President Trump. What a shame.