Dr. Walter Orenstein is worried. The record-breaking scientific progress made to develop a Covid-19 vaccine will be undermined if Americans flat-out refuse to take the drugs.
As the veteran of fights to eradicate polio and control measles has said many times, “Vaccines don’t save lives. Vaccinations save lives.”
Polls have found a wide swathe of Americans are hesitant about taking a Covid-19 vaccine.
At risk is what experts like Orenstein, who was for many years the head of the U.S. Immunization Program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, call vaccine confidence.
For a vaccine to succeed, patients must trust the scientists who developed it and the government that approved it.
As a recent Johns Hopkins report put it, “‘If we build it, they will come’ is a naïve presupposition about humans and vaccines.”
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