A big dose of doubt in coronavirus vaccine

Tuesday, September 8, 2020
Chris Woodward (OneNewsNow.com)

getting a vaccination vaccine injectionThough there may be a COVID-19 vaccine before the end of the year, it seems not everyone is willing to be among its first recipients.

According to a new USA Today/Suffolk poll, two-thirds of U.S. voters say they will not try to get a coronavirus vaccine as soon as it becomes available. One in four voters does not ever plan to get it.

"I don't plan on being anyone's guinea pig," Ebony Dew, an independent from Capitol Heights, Maryland told USA Today. "I don't plan on getting it at all."

She says this feels like a "trial and error."

"I also feel that they don't really know all that much about this virus, so how can they create a cure for it just yet," she wonders.

Twila Brase, R.N. and president/co-founder of Citizens' Council for Health Freedom, thinks this poll has tapped into the reality of the American public's concern about the rush to the vaccine.

"I think that the American public has also understood that nothing seems sure about COVID-19," Brase tells OneNewsNow.

The statistics change, the treatments change, and there is a lot of politicization of comments about this virus and about how it is being treated or whether there is a vaccine.

"There are comments about profits," Brase continues. "So I think the American public is concerned that the government does not know what it's doing, and that does not encourage them to take a vaccine that may or may not be effective and safe."

Supporters of a vaccine believe it will go a long way to combat the spread of the coronavirus, and while various companies and nations have put a lot of effort into developing a vaccine, Brase remains doubtful as to whether a vaccine this year or next would work.

Brase, Twila (CCHF)"We're concerned that there is not sufficient testing of a vaccine, that there has never been this kind of rapid agreement on a vaccine," says Brase. "The typical vaccine takes about four years when something is brand new, and so to be able to do it now, between essentially March and November, just makes you wonder whether or not this is actually going to be good or effective and safe."

According to the Associated Press, the federal government has told states to prepare for a coronavirus vaccine to be ready for distribution by the first of November. In a letter to governors dated August 27, Robert Redfield, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said states "in the near future" will receive permit applications from McKesson Corp., which has contracted with CDC to distribute vaccines to places including state and local health departments and hospitals.

At this time, it does not say that a vaccine is mandatory.


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