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There is a growing belief among scientists that the U.S. will not achieve ‘herd immunity’ when it comes to the coronavirus and there will be new flare-ups for the foreseeable future, but becoming less of a threat to the public.

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The New York Times reported that the reason is that the virus is mutating at a faster rate than vaccine jabs are being given.

Rustom Antia, an evolutionary biologist at Emory University, told the paper that the virus is "unlikely to go away."

"But we want to do all we can to check that it’s likely to become a mild infection," he said.

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Herd immunity doesn’t make any one person immune, and outbreaks can still flare up. It means that a virus is no longer easily jumping from person to person, helping to protect those who are still vulnerable to catching it.

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Nobody knows for sure what the herd immunity threshold is for the coronavirus, though many experts say it’s 70% or higher.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the country's top disease expert, said, "People were getting confused and thinking you’re never going to get the infections down until you reach this mystical level of herd immunity, whatever that number is. I’m saying: Forget that for a second. You vaccinate enough people, the infections are going to go down,"

The Associated Press contributed to this report

Edmund DeMarche is a senior news editor for FoxNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @EDeMarche.

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NYPD Looking For 2 Suspects After 3 Subway Riders Slashed Within Minutes Of Each Other

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Police are looking for a pair of suspects after at least three people were slashed on the subway Friday morning.

They happened within minutes of each other on the 4,5,6 line in Lower Manhattan, according to police.

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A 45-year-old man was slashed in the face on a southbound 4 train at 14th Street-Union Square, according to police. Two suspects approached the victim and one slashed him around 4:30 a.m., police said. The man was hospitalized in stable condition.

Video from the Union Square station shows a man with cuts on his face talking with NYPD officers, but police said it was unrelated and happened in the aftermath of two men fighting.

Police said another slashing happened on a southbound train near Astor Place. Like the other incident, police said two men approached a victim, 44, and one slashed them in the face.

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Around 4:45 a.m., two men approached a 44-year-old man on a train near the Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall station. One of the suspects slashed the man in the back of the head, police said. The man was hospitalized in stable condition.

Police believe the suspects are in their 20s.

Additionally, police said Friday they are trying to identify a man caught on camera punching a man at a subway station in Brooklyn last week.

Police are looking for several suspects wanted in a series of recent violent attacks in the subway.

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Anyone with information is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-8477 or for Spanish, 1-888-577-4782. Tips can also be sent to the NYPDTips Twitter account or submitted online at NYPDCrimeStoppers.com.

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