Less Than Two-Thirds of Americans Are ‘Very’ or ‘Somewhat’ Interested in COVID-19 Vaccinations
The only sure way to end the COVID-19 pandemic is through herd immunity. This can be achieved either through mass infection or mass vaccination.
Most epidemiologists believe that breaking the chains of coronavirus transmission requires between 50 and 70 percent of the population to become immune to it. Allowing the pandemic to run its course through an unprotected populace would result in misery for millions and deaths for hundreds of thousands. Fortunately, there are more than 100 projects around the world aimed at producing a vaccine against the scourge.
The Trump administration has launched “Operation Warp Speed,” with the goal of producing 300 million doses of coronavirus vaccines by the end of this year. A number of vaccine makers in the U.S. are already testing their candidate vaccines in clinical trials. These developments should be good news to all of us who have endured the lockdowns of the past two months. But even in the midst of a pandemic, anti-vaccination fervor apparently never abates.
A new Reuters/IPSOS poll of nearly 4,500 people reports that “a quarter of Americans are hesitant about a coronavirus vaccine.” In fact, the poll finds that “less than two-thirds of respondents said they were ‘very’ or ‘somewhat’ intere
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