Most United States voters would worry that a Covid-19 vaccine made available this year was rushed through rather than a scientific achievement, according to a September YouGov poll published by CBS News on Sunday, illustrating the skepticism around the increasingly political process of developing a coronavirus vaccine.
Nearly half of voters trust former Vice President Joe Biden to ensure a vaccine is safe compared to 34% for President Trump, but no matter what, 75% of respondents with majorities across political spectrums believe the next president should be immunized to quell fears around the vaccine.
The poll arrives the same day Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris opted not to say whether she would take a coronavirus vaccine put out by the Trump administration during a CNN interview, saying, “There’s very little we can trust that comes out of Donald Trump’s mouth.
Surveying voters between September 2 and 4, the poll found that 65% of respondents would initially think a vaccine "was rushed through" if made available this year, with 77% of Democratic voters outweighing 48% of Republicans.
President Trump has been accused of politicizing the Food and Drug Administration—among several other federal agencies—and its ability to issue emergency use authorizations for potential Covid-19 treatments, the latest being convalescent plasma which experts say lacks enough data to warrant an EUA.
Former Food and Drug Administration commissioner Scott Gottlieb said the "likelihood that we’re going to have a vaccine for widespread use in 2020 is extremely low," and when it does arrive, it would likely be initially targeted at certain high-risk populations, like frontline healthcare workers.
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