On December 22, American infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci received the Modena new crown vaccine at the National Institutes of Health. The day before, President-elect Biden vaccinated Pfizer’s new crown vaccine in his hometown of Delaware and disclosed the entire vaccination process.
Since the United States officially started the new crown vaccination work last week, many politicians or celebrities have been vaccinated publicly, including Vice President Pence, Speaker of the House of Representatives Pelosi, and Senate Majority Leader McConnell. Political dignitaries and medical experts hope to show the public “the correct way to fight the epidemic” and their confidence in vaccines. However, the “live broadcast of vaccination” does not seem to dispel the American people’s many doubts about vaccines.
“Celebrity effect” may be difficult to immediately drive vaccination
Reuters data analysis results show that in the seven days before December 20, the new crown pneumonia epidemic has claimed the lives of more than 18,000 Americans, which is equivalent to one death every 33 seconds. In this context, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) urgently approved the second new crown vaccine on the 18th, the vaccine developed by Modena, and began shipping to the United States. According to the plan, the federal government will distribute about 5.9 million doses of vaccine to 64 states, regions and major cities across the United States this week; by the end of December this year, Modena will deliver about 20 million doses of vaccine.
“I am full of confidence in the safety and effectiveness of this vaccine. I want to encourage everyone who has the opportunity to have a protective film across the country to end this pandemic.” Fauci was inoculated with the new crown of Modena on the 22nd. Said after the vaccine. Together with Fauci vaccinated with the Modena Covid-19 vaccine, there were Francis Collins, Dean of the National Institutes of Health, Alex Hazard, Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, and frontline medical staff at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center .
The day before, US President-elect Biden publicly vaccinated the new crown vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech at Christiana Hospital.
The current Vice President Pence also made a rare effort to promote the “safety and effectiveness of vaccines.” When the vaccine was publicly vaccinated on the 18th, Pence praised the vaccine as “safe and effective” at least 8 times in front of the camera. He wore a mask and said: “Don’t doubt, this (new crown vaccine) is a medical miracle.”
In addition, former Presidents George W. Bush, Clinton, and Obama have all actively expressed their willingness to vaccinate in front of the camera to prove the safety of the vaccine to Americans. Media tycoon, 89-year-old Rupert Murdoch, famous American director Oliver Stone, 81-year-old rock star Marty Wilde, and others have all been vaccinated against the new crown, and they have spoken out to encourage people to actively vaccinate.
“The last obstacle to the promotion of the new crown vaccine will be to convince people to vaccinate.” As early as June this year, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates warned about the challenge of vaccination. But right now, Americans’ willingness to vaccinate has been polarized. On the one hand, some celebrities actively vaccinate and endorse the vaccine, hoping to use the “celebrity effect” to drive the public to vaccinate; on the other hand, many people have many doubts about the vaccine. , Including the current President Trump, who has suspended vaccination, and Tesla CEO (CEO) Musk, who has made it clear that he will not accept vaccination.
The results of a recent survey of 2,000 firefighters from the New York City Fire Department by the United States Fire Fighters Association (UFA) also showed that 55% of the respondents said they would not receive the new crown vaccine. The latest poll released by the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) on December 15 shows that 27% of the people are negative about whether to get vaccinated, and 39% of the people remain “wait and see.” Some interviewees even directly questioned when talking about the live vaccination videos and photos of politicians: “Who knows what they are getting!”
The vaccine debate is given political significance
“The United States has fallen into a’prisoner’s dilemma’ on the issue of vaccination.” The New York Times pointedly pointed out when commenting on the vaccination chaos in the United States on December 20 that one of the sources of this dilemma was President Trump. In his words and deeds, he has repeatedly vilified the authority of scientists and insisted that the new crown epidemic is not a threat, which makes people feel that “either the vaccine is not safe or the vaccine is not worth vaccinating.”
The safety of the vaccine was originally a scientific issue, but since the outbreak of the new crown pneumonia, the Trump administration has released confusing information on the issue of fighting the epidemic. It has continued to turn a deaf ear to the recommendations of scientists on epidemic prevention and anti-epidemic and even applied political pressure. The American people have a crisis of confidence in the new crown vaccine. Just a few minutes after Pence was vaccinated on the 18th, President Trump also issued remarks against wearing masks on Twitter.
The US media has repeatedly exposed the chaos of vaccine distribution. Hundreds of frontline medical staff at the Stanford University Health Center protested that they could not be the first vaccinators; tens of millions of people worried that the rich were vying for priority in vaccinations. But President Trump still posted on Twitter on the 22nd, declaring, “The distribution of the two vaccines has been very smooth, and the number of vaccinated people is surprising… Our country and the world will soon see A great miracle created by the Trump administration.”
“It is the hypocrisy of these politicians’ inconsistent words and deeds that have plunged the American people into chaos.” Daniel Efron, associate professor of organizational behavior at the London Business School believes that the inconsistency of government officials’ words and deeds prevents the public from truly understanding the risks and correctness of the new crown virus. Look at the role of the new crown vaccine.
Many American dignitaries and social celebrities, including former President Barack Obama, have begun to work hard to reset the authority of scientists on vaccine issues, and even shouted “If Fauci tells me that the vaccine is safe, I will definitely get it.” Despite this, experts from the Institute of Health Measurement and Evaluation of the United States still believe that “on the issue of vaccine distribution, communication between federal agencies and the public needs to reach an unprecedented level” in order to get rid of various anti-vaccine conspiracy theories and rumors. The “New York Times” also commented on the 20th that Americans can no longer “believe in science” alone, and that vaccine-related debates “inevitably have been given political significance.”
Only the large-scale popularization of vaccines is expected to recover the economy
Like the epidemic and vaccines, there is also a concern about when the US economy will have a chance to recover. American economist Stephen Moore recently predicted that the current COVID-19 vaccination work carried out in various places will bring good news for the US economy in 2021.
According to the latest “Economic Forecast Summary” released on December 16, the Fed slightly raised its GDP growth forecast for 2021 from the previous forecast of 4% to 4.2%. At the same time, it raised the unemployment rate in 2021 from the previously expected 5.5%. The reduction to 5% sent a positive signal to the market. However, the US Department of Labor reported that in the second week of December, after adjusting for seasonal factors, approximately 885,000 were unemployed, an increase of 23,000 from the previous week, indicating that the US economic recovery may not only have not begun, but also Go in the opposite direction. Heidi Hillholtz, a researcher at the American Institute of Economic Policy, also believes that the U.S. economy is still in decline, and if there is no more stimulus spending support, the recovery of the U.S. economy may be delayed for more than four years.
Marco Hafner, a researcher at the Rand Institute, said recently: “Only countries that can develop and mass-produce the new crown vaccine have the ability to restore their economy.” He believes that the U.S. industries most affected by the epidemic, such as aviation and hotels The industry, retail industry, etc. can only recover when people can gather again, and this situation can only happen after millions of people are vaccinated against the new crown.