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Public health expert: 50 percent effective coronavirus vaccine would be 'better than what we have now'

Added 08-09-20 11:57:02am EST - “The director of the Center for Health Security at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health on Sunday addressed the possibility of a 50 percent effective coronavirus vaccine, saying it would be "better than what we have."” - Thehill.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Thehill.com: “Public health expert: 50 percent effective coronavirus vaccine would be 'better than what we have now'”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The director of the Center for Health Security at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health on Sunday addressed the possibility of a 50 percent effective coronavirus vaccine, saying it would be “better than what we have.”

Appearing on NBC’s “Meet the Press,”  Tom Inglesby discussed comments by Anthony FauciAnthony FauciOvernight Health Care: Trump to take executive action after coronavirus talks collapse | Vaccine official says he'd resign if pressured politically Fauci's DC neighbors put up 'thank you' signs in their yards Cuomo says New York schools can reopen in-person this fall MORE, the nation’s top infectious diseases expert, who said that an initial coronavirus vaccine could only be effective for half the population.

“I think we would take 50 percent because 50 percent would be a lot better than what we have now,” Inglesby told NBC’s Chuck ToddCharles (Chuck) David ToddKaren Bass: 'I'm not a socialist, I'm not a communist' Cuba spells trouble for Bass's VP hopes Chuck Todd's 'MTP Daily' moves time slots, Nicolle Wallace expands to two hours MORE.

“We’ll have to see what we get, for the amount of time that has passed … to have a vaccine that’s 50 percent effective in the coming months or the beginning of 2021 would be phenomenal," he added, stressing that a 50 percent effective vaccine would not be ideal.

Inglesby also addressed calls for the reimposition of lockdown measures as cases of the virus surged.

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