Covid: 90% herd immunity “likely from the beginning of Fall”, Fischer thinks

Published by Caroline J. · Updated on 2 August 2021 at 15h40 · Published on 2 August 2021 at 11h04
As the new Covid-19 case toll once again increases in France because of the spread of the Delta variant, many wonder when France will be able to reach herd immunity. Invited on RTL this Monday August 2, Alain Fischer thinks 90% herd immunity will be reached “likely from the beginning of Fall”.

A few months ago, some specialists though herd immunity will be reached by the end of summer. The summer season not being over yet, but 52% of the French population is vaccinated to date. Yet, according to the Scientific Committee, it is necessary to reach 90 to 95% of people vaccinated or contaminated to hope and be able to control the Covid-19 epidemic.

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So, when will herd immunity be reached in the country? This Monday August 2, 2021, invited on RTL, Alain Fischer – head of the Vaccinal Strategy Board – thinks this goal can be reached “likely from the beginning of Fall”.

We are faced with a virus variant, the famous Delta variant, which is very contagious and requires energic vaccination measure to reach this herd immunity”, the immunology professor states. At this stage, “it is possible” to reach 90% herd immunity in France “likely from the beginning of Fall”, he thinks.

If we reach this herd immunity, we would have control and avoid what we unfortunately see now, namely a resurgence in hospitalizations, intensive care stays, deaths that started to grow again”, he went on.

But it is necessary to convince indecisive people. “Doses of vaccine are here, vaccinators are here as well, we need to finish convincing those who have not been vaccinated so far, to go and get vaccinated”, Fischer insisted on.

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