Two-thirds of Americans say they won't get a COVID-19 vaccine when it's first available, a USA TODAY/Suffolk Poll shows. The poll of 1,000 voters follows similar surveys conducted in the past month that indicate as many as one third of Americans would decline a vaccine, fueled by mistrust of the Trump administration's push to speed up its development as well as a sizable slice of the country that generally oppose immunizations of any kind. Source 1o.
I most likely would be part of that poll of people that wouldn't take it. I normally don't have problems with vaccination but the speed at which this one is coming out doesn't leave a lot of room to figure out what the serious side effects could be.
With Trump promising a COVID-19 vaccine 'very soon,' 9 vaccine developers pledge to keep politics out of the approval process. Nine biopharmaceutical companies issued a letter Tuesday pledging to fully vet their COVID-19 candidate vaccines before asking for federal approval to market them. The statement comes amid increasing concern that the White House might bring significant political pressure to bear on the FDA to get a vaccine before the Nov. 3 presidential election. Ref. USAToday.
'Astonishingly risky': COVID-19 cases at colleges are fueling the majority of the nation's hottest outbreaks. Across the country, colleges' coronavirus outbreaks have become an urgent public health issue. College towns represent 19 of the nation's 25 hottest outbreaks. "What I'm really afraid of is we're going to have another episode where it gets into a nursing home and a lot of people die," one county health official said. Source 4v.
Even children with no symptoms can spread COVID-19, CDC report shows. Even children with mild or no symptoms can spread COVID-19, according to contact tracing data from three Utah child care facilities released Friday. Twelve children, including one eight-month-old, got COVID-19 in a child care facility and spread it to at least 12 people outside the facilities. The data shows children can carry the virus from… Source 3n.
US surpasses 200,000 COVID-19 deaths, a number that shows little sign of slowing down. The United States marked another sad milestone, surpassing 200,000 COVID-19 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University’s coronavirus dashboard on Tuesday. It’s a dark number as states grapple with opening restaurants, small businesses and, crucially, schools. Ref. USAToday.
At least 24 states are now reporting more new COVID-19 cases than they did a week ago
Saturday 10/3 at 5:58pm. A top health expert warns US needs a “comprehensive approach” to the COVID-19 pandemic, following a week of several states reporting alarming trends. “Testing does not replace safety measures including consistent mask use, physical distancing, and hand washing,” Dr. Tom Frieden, the former director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said Friday. Source 8a.
COVID-19 cases in the U.S. Are growing at a speed not seen since the summer peak in July. The U.S. Added more than 373,000 cases in the past week - a number nearly 46,000 higher than the tally the previous week, a rate of growth not seen since July. Meanwhile, the nation is quickly approaching 8 million confirmed cases. Ref. USAToday.