The esteemed Dr. Anthony Fauci, head of the government’s coronavirus task force, recently admitted to the New York Times that he opted not to tell the truth to Americans about how many people would need to be vaccinated in order for the nation to achieve herd immunity, because he didn’t think they could then handle the truth.
Fauci initially said that between 60 and 70 percent of Americans would need to be vaccinated to achieve that goal, a statement he now says he made because he feared the real number might discourage people from getting vaccinated. Then, a little more than a month ago, Fauci revised that figure to between 70 and 75 percent. And, in recent days, he modified it again, claiming that between “75 to 80-plus percent” of the populace would need to get vaccinated. Remarkably, in the Times interview, he suggested the real figure is closer “to 90 percent.” The paper admitted that, during the telephone interview, Fauci “acknowledged that he had slowly but deliberately been moving the goal posts. He is doing so, he said, partly based on new science, and partly on his gut feeling that the country is finally ready to hear what he really thinks." The good doctor told the Times he repeatedly put out fake numbers in the past because "many Americans seemed hesitant about vaccines, which they would need to accept almost universally in order for the country to achieve herd immunity." He added, "When polls said only about half of all Americans would take a vaccine, I was saying herd immunity would take 70 to 75 percent. Then, when newer surveys said 60 percent or more would take it, I thought, 'I can nudge this up a bit,' so I went to 80, 85."
Incredibly, Fauci went on to explicitly state that his future pronouncements might still be less than truthful based solely on his feeling of what the public is ready to hear, not what the science says: "We need to have some humility here. We really don't know what the real number is. I think the real range is somewhere between 70 to 90 percent. But, I'm not going to say 90 percent."
If Fauci believes the “real number” actually is
90 percent and he still won’t say that, he is not a “scientist.” And he may
want to revisit the
Hypocritical Hippocratic Oath that is supposed to
guide doctors’ actions. Based on his past prevarications, it is
impossible to surmise what Fauci really thinks. Perhaps he believes that herd
immunity can only be obtained if more than 100% of Americans are
This would have seemed to be a bit of a stretch in the olden days, but, based on numbers from certain precincts in the recent presidential election, would now seem possible. I look forward to hearing the good doctor say that, “If between 102 and 118 percent of Americans get vaccinated, we should be able to return to some sense of normalcy by 2023.”