US unlikely to achieve COVID-19 herd immunity, experts say

US unlikely to achieve COVID-19 herd immunity, experts say

The United States is unlikely to reach herd immunity as more contagious COVID-19 variants spread and many Americans remain reluctant to get vaccinated, experts now believe.

Instead, the virus — which has killed more than 577,000 nationwide — will only become more manageable, scientists said.

“The virus is unlikely to go away,” Rustom Antia, an evolutionary biologist at Emory University in Atlanta, told the New York Times.

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“But we want to do all we can to check that it’s likely to become a mild infection.”

Currently, just under half of Americans have received one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, and about a third are fully vaccinated, according to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“Eradication is, I think, impossible at this stage,” Dr. Bary Pradelsk, a French economist told The Times.

“But you want local elimination,” he said.

Experts said that COVID-19 will not go away, but only become more

Earlier in the pandemic, scientists had estimated

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