President Trump’s Operation Warp Speed has produced a viable COVID vaccine in record time – but will Americans agree to be vaccinated?
According to a Gallup poll conducted in mid-November, roughly 63% of Americans said they would get the vaccine if it was available free of charge; 37% said they would not get the vaccine.
An Associated Press NORC poll conducted last week found that 25% of Americans don’t plan on getting the vaccine and another 25% are unsure.
If these numbers are true, it will be impossible to reach the “herd immunity” Dr. Anthony Fauci says is necessary to eradicate COVID.
Speaking this week on CNN, Fauci said the country could reach “some degree of normality” by late 2021 if 75-80% of people are vaccinated.
As it stands, the FDA will meet this Thursday to decide whether to award Pfizer the “emergency use authorization” it needs to begin shipping its vaccine throughout the country. If authorization is granted, Pfizer is ready to ship 6.4 million doses within 24 hours.
Pfizer’s vaccine has already been approved by Bahrain, the United Kingdom, and Canada.
“Canadians can feel confident that the review process was rigorous and that we have strong monitoring systems in place,” said Health Canada, adding that it “will closely monitor the safety of the vaccine once it is on the market and will not hesitate to take action if any safety concerns are identified.”
Potential safety concerns include allergic reactions, which have already been experienced by two British citizens during clinical trials.
Discussing the incident this week during a White House briefing, OWS Chief Dr. Moncef Slaoui recommended that people with severe allergies hold off on taking the vaccine until more research is completed.
Next Thursday, the FDA will meet to decide whether to award Moderna the “emergency use authorization” it needs to begin shipping its vaccine. Moderna is ready to ship 12.5 million doses within 24 hours if its vaccine is approved.