In the storm that is coronavirus the promise of a vaccine is the life-raft we’re clinging to. As the worldwide death toll rises to more than 700,000 the urgency behind the need for a vaccine skyrockets. The UK government has already ordered 100 million doses of the Oxford University vaccine and in the United States, President Trump optimistically promises a vaccine by election day. Yet, the obstacle of vaccine hesitancy looms on the horizon.
A study done by the Associated Press in late May showed that 50% of Americans would either be hesitant or completely unwilling to take a vaccine. Similarly, one in six UK citizens would be hesitant about taking a coronavirus vaccine. The more contagious a disease the more people need to be vaccinated in order for herd immunity to be effective. For a disease like measles, 90-95% of the population needed to be immunised. Dr Faucci emphasises that more than two-thirds of the American population need to take a coronavirus vaccine for it to have an impact. […]