Even with two major pharmaceutical firms announcing incredible results in the development of a COVID-19 vaccine, many Americans remain skeptical of the treatment.
To those individuals, White House coronavirus task force adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci has a simple message: There is no reason to fear.
During a task force briefing on Thursday, the infectious disease expert urged Americans to “put to rest” the notion that the Trump administration “rushed” unproven and potentially unsafe vaccines to the market, Fox News reported.
“This is really solid”
In recent days, both Pfizer and Moderna have announced results showing their respective vaccines are effective against the coronavirus. They are currently awaiting approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Although the results came much quicker than vaccines developed for other diseases, Fauci credited “scientific advances” for making it possible to do “things in months that actually took years before.”
He went on to make it clear that an “independent body” verified the data released by both companies.
“We need to put to rest any concept that this was rushed in any inappropriate way,” Fauci asserted, according to a White House transcript. “This is really solid. The process of the speed did not compromise at all safety nor did it compromise scientific integrity.”
“Until the cavalry gets here”
Noting that high-priority individuals will likely receive the first doses beginning next month, Fauci reiterated the importance of mask-wearing and social distancing as the nation awaits widespread availability of the vaccines.
“If you’re fighting a battle and the cavalry is on the way, you don’t stop shooting,” he said. “You keep going until the cavalry gets here.”
The pronouncement of faith in recent medical achievements should be enough to convince some of Trump’s critics that this really is good news. During last month’s vice presidential debate, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) expressed the skepticism of many on her side of the aisle.
“If the public health professionals, if Dr. Fauci, if the doctors tell us we should take it, I’ll be the first in line to take it, absolutely,” she said at the time, according to a separate report from Fox. “But if Donald Trump tells us we should take it, I’m not taking it.”
A recent Gallup poll found that 58% of Americans are willing to take a vaccine, which is an increase over September’s results. Fauci declared that his desire is to see “the overwhelming majority of people get vaccinated so we can essentially really crush this outbreak,” according to CNBC.