Prayer #277: For Herd Immunity for the COVID-19 Virus
Estimates of the percentages of vaccination required to reach the so-called "herd immunity" for COVID-19 in a population---the point at which the virus no longer spreads---have varied widely since the discussion about them began back in the spring. Recently, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and a White House advisor on the Coronavirus, indicated that he believed that 75-80% of the U.S. population will need to be vaccinated before herd immunity will be achieved. Fauci believes that by the end of March, the COVID vaccines will be available to the general public, and that herd immunity would be then reached by the end of the summer. Earlier, the estimate of the percentage of vaccinations needed for herd immunity ranged from 40% to 70%. The World Health Organization (WHO) currently reports that range as 60-70%, as it has since the start of the pandemic. These all are in fact estimates; no one really knows what the percentage truly is to achieve herd immunity. It won't be known until we get there.
Pray that herd immunity for COVID-19 could be reached sooner rather than later, here and around the globe. Continue to pray for a smooth and effective roll-out of the COVID vaccinations, and that those with the highest risk to the virus would receive the vaccine soon if they haven't yet received it.
Prov. 46:1: "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble."