@The Old Man posted:
I think there's a slight chance we could fuck this whole thing up. With the country filled with ignoramuses there is no way we're getting to the minimal 70% for herd immunity. The longer this goes the longer time variants have to establish footholds. There is a possibility this could spin up again here, as it is in India, and even to a degree in Oregon and Michigan.
Well, there's always a chance. But I am not sure I agree that we won't get to 70%. It is possible, but perhaps unlikely. Certainly we will get to 70% between vaccinated persons and recovered patients.
So far, the vaccines appear to work pretty well against all variants. The surges in India, Michigan, Florida, etc. are the result of the variants infecting non-vaccinated people. There is always the possibility that a variant may come out which completely negates the vaccines, but I haven't heard too many experts express serious concerns about that yet.
Keep the fingers crossed and keep vaccinating as many people as we can, around the globe.