Half of Black adults are not planning to take a coronavirus vaccine once one becomes available, even if scientists declare it safe, and it’s available for free, according to a new survey on race and health by The Undefeated and the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF).
COVID-19 has killed more than 200,000 people since arriving in the U.S. in January and President Donald Trump has repeatedly promised that a vaccine is on the way. In a federally-led initiative dubbed “Operation Warp Speed,” the usual yearslong timeline has been condensed and four drugmakers are in phase 3 clinical vaccine trials in the U.S. — the final step before the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) can grant approval.
But even if all goes smoothly, that just opens up a new front in the fight against the coronavirus.
The poll found widespread distrust, with 34% of Americans saying they’ll either probably not or definitely not take a COVID-19 vaccine. Those numbers jump to 49% of Black people saying hard pass, despite being among those hardest hit by the…