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How To Know When You Can Trust A COVID-19 Vaccine

Article by Maggie Koerth, online at FiveThirtyEight , September 23, 2020.

Few things are as confusing as the vaccine development process during this pandemic. Until now, the development, testing and delivery to market of vaccines has been done in the shadows, watched carefully only by specialists and nerds like me. A recent poll shows that 62 percent of Americans are worried that the Trump administration would pressure the Food and Drug Administration to release a vaccine before it’s ready. About half of us say we wouldn’t take a vaccine even if it were free. Here is a well-done article that walks you through the things we all should know and be looking for in evaluating a new COVID-19 vaccine. There is a lot riding on this so it makes sense to build up some natural immunity to fear and misinformation about this previously mysterious process.


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