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Delta a new challenge for herd immunity

Credit: Justin Kilian from Pixabay New modelling from James Cook University scientists shows Australia needs to vaccinate at least 85 percent of the population to achieve herd immunity. Emma McBryde, Professor of Infectious Diseases Epidemiology and Modelling at JCU’s Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine (AITHM) says the modelling has implications for the Federal Government’s four-step plan to transition ...

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Global herd immunity remains out of reach because of inequitable vaccine distribution

Credit: CC0 Public Domain In the race between infection and injection, injection has lost. Public health experts estimate that approximately 70% of the world’s 7.9 billion people must be fully vaccinated to end the COVID-19 pandemic. As of June 21, 2021, 10.04% of the global population had been fully vaccinated, nearly all of them in rich countries. Only 0.9% of ...

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Poll finds herd immunity in U.S. possible by summer

Seventy percent of American adults could be vaccinated by this summer, a new poll suggests. The survey results bode well for the country and likely mean that President Joe Biden’s goal of 70 percent vaccine coverage for adults by July 4 will be reached. The Kaiser Family Foundation’s latest survey found 62 percent of respondents said they had received at ...

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Malta has achieved herd immunity with Covid shots: Minister

MALTA: Malta has vaccinated 70% of its adult population with at least one Covid-19 shot, becoming the first EU country to achieve so-called herd immunity, health minister Chris Fearne said on Monday. The tiny island has had an average of three new virus cases each day in the past week, with the test positivity rate at a low of 0.2%. ...

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Herd immunity appears unlikely for COVID-19, but CDC says vaccinated people can ditch masks in most settings

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain When COVID-19 first began spreading, public health and medical experts began talking about the need for the U.S. to reach herd immunity to stop the coronavirus from spreading. Experts have estimated that between 60% and 90% of people in the U.S. would need to be vaccinated for that to happen. Only about 35% of the population ...

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We need herd immunity against COVID-19 vaccine misinformation

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain Misleading claims about COVID-19 vaccines can negatively impact public confidence in immunisation uptake, a new UNSW Sydney study reveals. A new study published in the scientific journal PLOS ONE revealed over 103 million people globally liked, shared, retweeted or reacted with an emoji to misinformation and conspiracy theories about COVID-19 vaccines. In 2020, a social media ...

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