President Donald Trump on Tuesday spun the excessive variety of Americans who’ve been contaminated with COVID-19 as “terrific,” claiming falsely that each one these circumstances function a “powerful vaccine.”
“I think that the vaccine was our goal, that was number one, because that was the way, that was the way it ends,” Trump mentioned at a White House coronavirus vaccine summit.
“Plus, you do have an immunity, you develop immunity over a period of time, and I hear we’re close to 15%, I’m hearing that, and that is terrific. That’s a very powerful vaccine in itself and just tremendous progress has been made,” he added.
It appears the president was suggesting that the nation is approaching herd immunity by way of the rising variety of infections.
Public health experts predict that herd immunity from COVID-19 shall be achieved when roughly 60% to 70% of the inhabitants has been vaccinated.
It’s not clear the place Trump’s “15%” determine got here from. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recorded a positivity rate of 11.7% on Nov. 28. However, that quantity refers back to the proportion of coronavirus assessments with optimistic outcomes over the course of per week, not the whole quantity of people that have been contaminated within the United States because the pandemic started.
The U.S. simply handed 15 million confirmed circumstances of COVID-19, based on information from Johns Hopkins University. That quantities to roughly 4.5% of the 331 million inhabitants having been contaminated.
The White House didn’t instantly return HuffPost’s request for clarification on the 15% determine.
Experts warn that pursuing herd immunity by way of an infection, fairly than a vaccine, would price a number of million lives. More than 285,000 individuals within the U.S. have already died from COVID-19. There can be proof to recommend that individuals who have been sick with the coronavirus can be reinfected.
Nonetheless, Trump has embraced the thought of herd immunity by way of an infection for months.
After his comment Tuesday, he went on to boast that the U.S. solely has so many circumstances as a result of there’s a lot testing ― one other declare he has made for months.
His feedback got here in response to a reporter who requested for the president’s message to the American individuals about what they need to do over Christmas and the way they need to face the pandemic’s hardships given the surge in circumstances across the nation.
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