• By The Financial District


An approved coronavirus vaccine could end up being effective only between 50% and 60% of the time, meaning public health measures will still be needed to keep the pandemic under control, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top US infectious diseases expert, said on Friday (Saturday, August 8, 2020 in Manila.) 

“We don’t know yet what the efficacy might be. We don’t know if it will be 50% or 60%. I’d like it to be 75% or more,” Fauci said in a webinar hosted by Brown University. “But the chances of it being 98% effective are not great, which means you must never abandon the public health approach.” 

The novel coronavirus has infected nearly 5 million people in the US and killed more than 160,000, reported Carl O’Donnell for Reuters

Lockdown measures imposed to keep the virus from spreading have devastated the economy, which suffered its biggest blow since the Great Depression in the second quarter, with gross domestic product dropping at its steepest pace in at least 73 years. As infections have spiked around the country after states started to open up, public health experts, including Fauci, have stressed the importance of steps that each American can take, including social distancing, washing hands and wearing masks, in effect criticizing US President Donald Trump’s claim that a vaccine will be ready by November 3, when hundreds of millions of US voters go to the polls to either keep him at the White House or kick him out.