Researchers believe the true toll is significantly higher. According to Johns Hopkins University, almost 6 million people worldwide have been confirmed infected by the virus, and more than 350,000 deaths have been recorded, including nearly 100,000 in the U.S.,
The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research created a poll and it says that only about half of Americans say they would get a COVID-19. With surprising low results and threat of the global pandemic with the mere thought that the government can produce a limited vaccine against the coronavirus.
But more people might eventually raise their eyebrow: The poll, released Wednesday, found 31% simply weren’t sure if they’d get vaccinated. One-in-five said they would refuse. Indeed, and the new poll shows the public is in doubt with Trump’s promise Trump’s goal of a 300 million-dose stockpile by January fail. Only time and science will tell — It’s always better to under-promise and over-deliver,” said Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious disease specialist at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
“The unexpected looms large and that’s why I think for any of these vaccines, we’re going to need a large safety database to provide the reassurance,” he added.
“I am not an anti-vaxxer,” said Melanie Dries, 56, of Colorado Springs, Colorado. But, “to get a COVID-19 vaccine within a year or two … causes me to fear that it won’t be widely tested as to side effects.”
National Institutes of Health, directed by Dr Francis Collins, insists safety is the most utmost priority in every situation. A master plan is being drafted by the NIH for testing the leading COVID-19 vaccine candidates in tens of thousands of people for further examination of the effectiveness of the potential vaccine.
Collins told the AP earlier this month “I would not want people to think that we’re cutting corners because that would be a big mistake. I think this is an effort to try to achieve efficiencies, but not to sacrifice rigor. Definitely the worst thing that could happen is if we rush through a vaccine that turns out to have significant side effects.”
The AP-NORC poll found protecting themselves, their family and the community are the top reasons among those who want a vaccine,
“I’m definitely going to get it. As a father who takes care of his family, I think … it’s important for me to get vaccinated as soon as it’s available to better protect my family.” Brandon Grimes, 35, of Austin, Texas said
Based on the poll, seven-in-ten of those who would want to be vaccinated say everything will go complicated without a vaccine produced. Living in a world with global pandemic threat is suicidal without the vaccine. A site foreman for his family’s construction business, Grimes interacts with other people and run from house to house and exposed with his co-workers that are also looking forward to vaccination to lessen the spreading of coronavirus on their job.
According to the studies, the newly evolved coronavirus is most dangerous to older adults and people of any age who are suffering from pre-existing health problems such as diabetes or heart disease. The poll found 67% of people 60 and older say they’d get vaccinated, compared with 40% who are younger. And according to the data of coronavirus fatality rate, it shows that African and Hispanic Americans are more vulnerable to COVID-19, because of unequal access to health care and other factors. And to find out, the poll found just 25% of African Americans and 37% of Hispanics would get a vaccine compared to 56% of whites.
Consequently, about four-in-ten people who don’t want a vaccine say they’re concerned about catching COVID-19 from the shot. And three-in-ten who don’t want a vaccine don’t fear getting seriously ill from the coronavirus.
And with the most initial symptoms that were being showcased, COVID-19 have mild cases and recover, doctors still are discovering the coronavirus attack and sticking to the basic ways than just causing pneumonia.
Whatever the final statistics show about how often it kills, health specialists agree the new coronavirus appears deadlier than the typical flu. Yet the survey suggests a vaccine would be no more popular than the yearly flu shot.
And to begin with, about a dozen COVID-19 vaccine candidates are in early stages of testing or poised to be started. British researchers are opening one of the biggest studies so far, to test an Oxford University-created shot in 10,000 people, supported by Government agencies and Medical researchers.
For all the promises of the Trump administration’s “Operation Warp Speed,” only 20% of Americans expect any vaccine to be available to the public by year’s end, the poll found. Most are skeptical with the promise.
NORC’s public health research which is directed by Caitlin Oppenheimer said, “There’s still a large amount of uncertainty around taking the vaccine. There is a lot of opportunity to communicate with Americans about the value and the safety of a vaccine.”
In the middle of the pandemic, political division is still on the road to how the country reopens the economy is reflected in the eagerness to produce the vaccine. With the latest poll, 62% of Democrats would get the vaccine, only 43% of Republicans.