Half of Black adults say they won’t take a coronavirus vaccine New poll finds that even those planning to get a shot are worried early versions won’t be safe

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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…


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