A Vaccine Reality Check

Sarah Zhang, writing for The Atlantic has a reality check for the rest of us.

Biologically, a vaccine against the COVID-19 virus is unlikely to offer complete protection. Logistically, manufacturers will have to make hundreds of millions of doses while relying, perhaps, on technology never before used in vaccines and competing for basic supplies such as glass vials. Then the federal government will have to allocate doses, perhaps through a patchwork of state and local health departments with no existing infrastructure for vaccinating adults at scale. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which has led vaccine distribution efforts in the past, has been strikingly absent in discussions so far — a worrying sign that the leadership failures that have characterized the American pandemic could also hamper this process. To complicate it all, 20 percent of Americans already say they will refuse to get a COVID-19 vaccine, and with another 31 percent unsure, reaching herd immunity could be that much more difficult.

There is no way I’m getting a COVID-19 vaccine while Trump is president. Even if Dr. Fauci says the vaccine is safe and would prevent one from getting the virus, I’d wait until the CDC during a hoped for Biden administration to give the green light. Honestly, I hate that this country has completely politicized science but here we are.