“Drugs are my life,” she says. “It’s what I learned in school.”
But she’s been questioning the guaranteed expected vaccine for COVID-19, in large part because of what she’s seen firsthand about the financial incentives for vaccines.
Her role will require her to support the COVID vaccine when it’s available, though Granger said she won’t personally be getting it.
“The vaccine isn’t something we need, even if it is safe,” she says. “People want an easy solution and they think this is it. But it isn’t.”
She’s not the only one with doubts. A Pew Research poll from late September pointed out that about half of US adults (51 percent) wouldn’t get a COVID-19 vaccine if it was available today — a big fall from the 72 percent who stated they’d get one back in May.
Scott Ratzan, a physician and medical misinformation expert at the City University of New York and Columbia University, explained anti-COVID vaccine attitude is the outcome of “a massive assault on trust in government, in science and in public-health authorities.”
Politicians giving public-health guidance during the COVID-19 crisis has “led to public confusion both about what is truth and what is fiction,” says Nancy Kass, a professor of Bioethics and Public Health at Johns Hopkins. “It’s turned COVID into a political disease rather than a public-health problem.”
The Trump administration’s “Operation Warp Speed,” a $10 billion initiative that the president has opposed to the Manhattan Project, calls for a smooth process to produce a coronavirus vaccine, with the end goal of distributing 300 million doses by January 2021.
Although the White House confirmed new FDA guidelines that would increase the time frame for a vaccine’s clinical trials, Trump railed against the FDA on Twitter on Oct. 6, naming the updated guidelines “another political hit job!”
Much of the anti-Trump, anti-vaccine reaction has been delt by members of the Democratic Party. “If Dr. [Anthony] Fauci, if the doctors, tell us that we should take it, then I’ll be first in line to take it,” Sen. Kamala Harris announced at the Oct. 7 vice-presidential debate when asked whether or not she would get a COVID-19 vaccine. “But if Donald Trump tells us that we should take it — then I’m not taking it.”
Sean Hannity, the Rpublican Fox News Host tweeted: “ANOTHER CONSPIRACY: Harris Says She ‘Does Not Trust’ the Trump Administration on ‘Issue of a Vaccine’”
Although, 72 percent of Republicans and 82 percent of Democrats don’t trust a vaccine promoted by politicians, despite their party affiliation.