Sumary of Coronavirus vaccine skepticism and how to fight it, according to experts:
- News that pharmaceutical giant Pfizer and BioNTech’s coronavirus vaccine candidate showed 90% efficacy in phase 3 clinical trial on Monday was cheered by politicians and scientists alike, with America top infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci even calling the results “extraordinary.”.
- A survey of 100,000 people conducted by the Pew Research Center from September, for instance, found that only about half (51%) of those questioned would receive the COVID-19 vaccine if one were available today, a 21 percentage point drop from May when a similar survey was conducted..
- Schaffner said, noting data is still needed for how the vaccine reacts in pregnant women, the over 65 population, and children, for instance..
- (The company is still awaiting data on safety, which it expects to be made available by the third week of November, according to a press release.) Convincing the general population that any potential coronavirus vaccine is safe and effective starts with first convincing the medical community of the same, said Schaffner..
- Schaffner warned that potential side effects could also make the general population wary of receiving it, noting that Pfizer candidate being a two-dose regime will likely result in “a lot of local reactions”.
- “The second dose is a bit worse than the first, people can feel crummy for a day or so afterward, more so than the flu vaccine,”.
- receive a COVID-19 vaccine if one were available today, some 57% said minor side effects would “reduce the likelihood of them getting vaccinated at least a little.”) Speaking to Fox News following the Pfizer news, Dr…