Dr. Peter Hotez, the direct of the Center for Vaccine Development at Texas Children’s Hospital, spoke with CNN’s Ana Cabrera on Thursday about the impact of Covid misinformation and how the high number of deaths, especially in the Hispanic community, would cause lasting harm.
“The bar to halt transmission of Covid-19 — it is doable — but it’s a high bar,” said Hotez. “We’re talking about 85%, 90% of the entire U.S. population vaccinated.”
Noting that skeptics had called that percentage “impossible,” Hotez insisted that it was not, pointing out that we were reaching that level for diseases like polio, measles, diphtheria, and pertussis. However, he added, it did take time “to build that ecosystem” and vaccine hesitancy was holding