President Trump’s Operation Warp Speed, the attempt to develop a vaccine for COVID-19, is making excellent progress. According to the HHS.gov website, the goal is to have 300 million doses ready by January 2021. One of the candidates, AstraZeneca, could have a vaccine ready as early as October 2020.
Over $2 billion dollars have been distributed by the federal government to just three of the vaccine candidates and a plethora of government agencies — the FDA, CDC, DOD, and HHS to name a few — are collaborating to get a vaccine as soon as possible.
With all the talk of the necessity of a vaccine to open up the US economy from President Trump and the Democrats, it seems that Americans of both parties have mixed feelings about a vaccine, either sooner or later, for the coronavirus.
A new CBS poll of registered voters yielded surprising results. Rather than rushing to get the vaccine when it is finally available, about 58% of the people surveyed said they would wait to see how others fared with the vaccine before taking it themselves.
One out of every five or 20% surveyed said they would not get the vaccine.
Only 20% of those surveyed said they would immediately take the vaccine. Americans seem to be losing their faith in a vaccine. According to The Epoch Times:
Voters appear to be growing skeptical about the need for a vaccine. In July, 32 percent had said they would get the vaccine as soon as it became available. The CBS poll saw a 11 percent drop in people holding the same opinion in early September.
Americans are also having trouble trusting sources like the CDC and the mainstream media for information about the coronavirus, a vaccine, and other public health information. That is unsurprising, as agencies like the CDC and the mainstream media have politicized the virus, taking sides on whether Hydroxycholoquine is an effective treatment, and whether a vaccine produced so quickly could be trusted.
The poll found that American voters’ trust for various sources of information about the virus has fallen across the board. The national media, which enjoyed the trust of 45 percent of voters about the virus back in March, remained at the bottom in September with 35 percent saying that they trust what they hear on mainstream news.