Biden’s incoming administration will face the immediate challenge of persuading the skeptical public to take the COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes widely available.
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But opinion polls show that only a small majority of Americans are willing to trust a first-generation vaccine. These figures are significantly lower among blacks and Latinos – two of the most affected demographics.
In a new Ipsos survey published on Tuesday, 51% of respondents said they would get a vaccine as soon as it became available.
The reasons for skepticism are different. Some people cite what they call the Trump administration’s politicization of the vaccine, despite denials by officials that politics has played a role in rapid development.
“The president and I were adamant that politics would play no role in the development, production or distribution or approval of a vaccine,” Health and Humanitarian Minister Alex Hazard told reporters on Tuesday.
But he acknowledged that personal policy could play a role in determining whether some people trust the safety of the COVID-19 vaccine.
“And of course, as with the election, we’ve seen an increase in vaccination among people in public opinion polls,” Hazard said.
Some Americans question the speed of the development process, with many raising concerns that the administration’s approach to “speeding up” the scientific review and regulation of vaccines could jeopardize safety.
Peter Hottes, co-director of the Vaccine Development Center at Texas Children’s Hospital, said that to combat this hesitation, the president-elect Joe BidenJoe Biden Harris says she “has not yet spoken to Pence Kamala Harris, Stacey Abrams among the Time Magazine nominees for Obama Person of the Year 2020. Republican members believe” white men are victims “MOREThe team will not have to launch a coordinated communication campaign with trusted scientists.
Leaving the heads of pharmaceutical companies not in charge is not very effective, Hotez said.
“There will be many questions about these brand new ones [vaccine] technologies. We do not know about the durability of the protection. We don’t know about herd immunity, we don’t know if people will still have to practice some degree of social distancing and wearing masks, even after vaccination, “Hotez said.
“All this must be reported frequently and regularly,” he added.
Vin Gupta, a professor at the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington who served as an adviser to Biden’s transition team, said there would be resistance and skepticism to the coronavirus vaccine, but it was likely to be more limited than widespread. widespread.
Gupta, whose name is known as the surgeon general in the Biden administration, said the envoys would be as important as the announcement.
“I think a big problem here is the lack of trust. Trust is built on credibility and authenticity, especially in medicine, and trust is not built by investing in people who are not perceived as experts, nor by experience, nor because they have years in public health and they know what they are talking about, “Gupta said.
He suggested giving the role of remote career workers such as Nancy Messonier, a public health official who first warned of the major disruption of COVID-19 back in February.
“You can’t just put someone who survived a pandemic in a suit or at a Zoom conference and put them in front of the American people and say, ‘Get vaccinated.’ “Trust is earned through real experience,” Gupta said.
Although a vaccine against COVID-19 has not yet been approved, the Pfizer and BioNTech candidate can only be cleared in two to three weeks. The drug was found to be 95% effective in preventing both mild and severe forms of COVID-19.
A similar vaccine from Moderna is expected to follow soon after, and between the two health officials from the Trump administration expect to distribute about 40 million doses in the states by the end of the year, enough to vaccinate 20 million people.
Fauci, a member of the White House coronavirus working group, has long said that public confidence in the COVID-19 vaccine approval process is key to overcoming the pandemic.
“We have to keep knocking on this house because for the group of people who are concerned about the process, the process is credible,” Fauci said at a recent event hosted by Stat News.
Yet the Trump administration has largely focused on developing a vaccine instead of trying to contain the virus. As a result, there are some concerns about the politicization of the process.
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Several countries – mainly with governors of the Democratic Party – and the District of Columbia – announced the creation of committees to further review each vaccine reviewed by the Food and Drug Administration.
“We don’t believe anyone’s word on this. We will do our own, independent review of the process with our world – class experts, the California Governor. Gavin NewsumGavin NewsomMayor of Denver apologizes for vacation travel after advising residents to stay in California, Texas, breaking a one-day record nationwide for new coronavirus cases The mayor of Denver flies to Mississippi for Thanksgiving MORE (D) said last month when the state commission announced.
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“Honestly, I will not trust the opinion of the federal government,” Cuomo said when announcing the commission to his state in September.
In an interview with The Washington Post this week, Fauci said he understood why governors might be suspicious, but urged them to trust the process.
“I can understand, but I don’t agree that they do. … They have heard mixed messages from Washington, “Fautsi said.
“So I don’t blame them for wondering what’s going on,” he added. “But I can tell them if they’re listening, and I hope they are, that the process is really a sound process.”