Biden evades herd immunity question, tries to steal credit for vaccines
UPDATED 2:05 PM PT – Tuesday, May 4, 2021
Joe Biden has flouted questions about herd immunity to the coronavirus, which when achieved, would render COVID restrictions redundant. While speaking to reporters on Monday, Biden failed to say when the majority of the U.S. population would likely be immune to the “virus.”
When asked by a reporter when he believes the U.S. will reach herd immunity, Biden answered: “I think by the end of the summer, we’ll be in a very different position than we are now. As you know, I’ve worked very hard to make sure we have over 600 million doses of vaccine.”
Biden has attempted to steal credit for the vaccines from President Trump on multiple occasions, after which he tried to discredit the concept of herd immunity.
“There’s a debate into what constitutes herd immunity,” Biden claimed. “Is it 70% of the population? Is it 68%? Is it 81%? The point is that by the end of the summer…every single person 16 years or older doesn’t have to wait in line [and] can show up and get a vaccination now.”
According to scientists, herd immunity for the flu begins to form when 33 percent of the population has either been vaccinated or has gotten sick and recovered from it.
However, the CDC has repeatedly moved the goalposts for herd immunity to coronavirus, saying it could form at as high as 75 percent of the population.
Meanwhile, the U.S. has administered nearly 245 million doses of coronavirus vaccines throughout the country and more than 100 million people have been fully vaccinated.