White House coronavirus adviser Dr Anthony Fauci said Thursday that convincing people who see the coronavirus as “fake news” to get vaccinated against the disease could become a problem as the country seeks a so-called collective immunity to suppress the pandemic. “They don’t actually think it’s a problem,” Fauci said in a conversation with the Hastings Center. To access CNBC’s exclusive live video subscribe to CNBC PRO: White House coronavirus adviser Dr Anthony Fauci said on Thursday that convincing people who view the coronavirus as “fake news” from getting vaccinated against the disease could become a problem as the nation seeks so-called herd immunity to suppress the pandemic. “They don’t actually think that’s a problem,” Fauci said in a conversation with the Hastings Center. “Despite a quarter of a million deaths, despite over 11 million infections, despite 150,000 new infections a day, they don’t believe this is real. This is a real problem. Fauci’s comments with the Hastings Center are similar to those published in an interview with The New York Times on Thursday, where the country’s leading infectious disease specialist said he was “stunned” that people in parts of the country with Devastating Covid-19 epidemics still consider the pandemic to be false. Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases, estimated that at least 75% of the country will need to be vaccinated against Covid-19, although that figure would ideally be higher. These estimates come even as companies like Pfizer and Moderna report promising preliminary data showing that their vaccines are more than 90% effective in preventing Covid-19. “What I would like to see is that the overwhelming majority of people get vaccinated so that we can really crush this epidemic,” Fauci told the New York Times Dealbook on Tuesday. »Subscribe to CNBC TV:» Subscribe to CNBC: »Subscribe to CNBC Classic: Turn to CNBC TV for the latest stock news and analysis. From market futures to live price updates, CNBC is the world leader in business news. The News with Shepard Smith is CNBC’s daily news podcast providing in-depth, non-partisan coverage and perspective on the day’s most important stories. Available at 8:30 p.m. ET / 5:30 p.m. PT daily starting September 30: Connect with CNBC News Online Get the latest news: Follow CNBC on LinkedIn: Follow CNBC News on Facebook: Follow CNBC News on Twitter: Follow CNBC News on Instagram: #CNBC #CNBCTV.
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