WATCH: Dr. Fauci, Virginia well being leaders talk about the COVID-19 vaccine within the digital city corridor

RICHMOND, Virginia (WRIC) – Dr. Anthony Fauci met with Virginia Governor Ralph Northam and other Virginia health leaders Tuesday evening to discuss the importance of the COVID-19 vaccine and the challenges ahead in fighting the virus.

The live streaming event started at 6 p.m. and was sponsored by 10 state organizations.

Fauci spent the first thirty minutes of the town hall answering questions, including the effectiveness of the vaccine against the Delta variant. He said data shows vaccines against symptomatic infections are 80% effective, but more data is needed when it comes to people who are asymptomatically infected.

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Fauci also said health officials are “very soon” looking for boosters for immunocompromised people. He couldn’t give a schedule of when we might see them, but says the government is ready to act as soon as boosters are needed.

He also addresses the main reversal change in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s mask guidelines, citing children in schools. Dr. Fauci urges local health districts to make mask compulsory.

“That is the basic reason for the CDC policy that local counties should seriously consider requiring everyone in the school system to wear a mask, whether or not they have been vaccinated,” said Fauci.

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When asked about a possible ban, he said he did not expect vaccination numbers to continue to rise.

“I don’t think we’re going to see the kind of climb a lockdown would require,” explained Fauci. “If we get the majority of the people who are not vaccinated vaccinated, we will [really] Good. If we fail to win over the overwhelming majority of the population, we have [a] smoldering infection that prevents us from returning to normal. “

Virginia health leaders said one of the biggest hurdles right now is tackling vaccine misinformation.

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