Trump: Millions Of Americans Getting COVID-19 Is 'Terrific' And A 'Powerful Vaccine'

Written by on December 8, 2020

President Donald Trump on Tuesday spun the excessive variety of People who’ve been contaminated with COVID-19 as “terrific,” claiming falsely that each one these instances function a “highly effective vaccine.”

“I believe that the vaccine was our aim, that was primary, as a result of that was the best way, that was the best way it ends,” Trump stated at a White Home coronavirus vaccine summit.

“Plus, you do have an immunity, you develop immunity over a time frame, and I hear we’re near 15%, I’m listening to that, and that’s terrific. That’s a really highly effective vaccine in itself and simply super progress has been made,” he added.

It appears the president was suggesting that the nation is approaching herd immunity by way of the rising variety of infections.

Public well being specialists predict that herd immunity from COVID-19 shall be achieved when roughly 60% to 70% of the inhabitants has been vaccinated.

It’s not clear the place Trump’s “15%” determine got here from. The Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention recorded a positivity price of 11.7% on Nov. 28. Nonetheless, that quantity refers back to the share of coronavirus assessments with constructive outcomes over the course of per week, not the entire quantity of people that have been contaminated in the USA for the reason that pandemic started.

The U.S. simply handed 15 million confirmed instances of COVID-19, in accordance with knowledge from Johns Hopkins College. That quantities to roughly 4.5% of the 331 million inhabitants having been contaminated.

The White Home didn’t instantly return HuffPost’s request for clarification on the 15% determine.

Consultants warn that pursuing herd immunity by way of an infection, moderately than a vaccine, would price a number of million lives. Greater than 285,000 individuals within the U.S. have already died from COVID-19. There may be additionally proof to counsel that individuals who have been sick with the coronavirus could be reinfected.

Nonetheless, Trump has embraced the concept of herd immunity by way of an infection for months.

After his comment Tuesday, he went on to boast that the U.S. solely has so many instances as a result of there may be a lot testing ― one other declare he has made for months.

His feedback got here in response to a reporter who requested for the president’s message to the American individuals about what they need to do over Christmas and the way they need to face the pandemic’s hardships given the surge in instances across the nation.

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