The Power of Perception

Even if the autumn brings the first signs of a potentially effective coronavirus vaccine candidate, that will still only be the beginning of a long road to a widely available vaccine, warns Seth Berkley of the GAVI vaccine alliance, Reuters reports.
 
But conspiracies are swirling around the various vaccine candidates. One fake news story claimed a woman died after taking part in a vaccine trial.
 
Meanwhile, missteps in the pandemic response have given vaccine skeptics fresh ammo, says vaccine scientist Peter Hotez, The Atlantic reports.
 
Perceived successes or failures can make-or-break the public confidence in government interventions—as illustrated by the 1976 vaccine debacle in the US. Timing is another key factor: If a vaccine arrives as the pandemic is waning, uptake may be more modest.  

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