what the 1950s could teach us today

Dr. Rahul Gupta, Opinion contributor
Published 4:00 a.m. MT Oct. 9, 2020

Americans need to come together and go far in protecting our health and saving lives.

A vaccine might be able to stem the coronavirus, but it’s no match for our ailing body politic.

The United States is very likely speeding toward the approval and distribution of a vaccine that a sizable portion of the population will forgo. A new Pew Research Center survey reveals a 21 percentage point drop since May — from 72% to 51% — among adults who would get a COVID-19 vaccine today,with a decline “across all major political and demographic groups.” Unless we correct course, we’ll remain in the global basement of this pandemic even after a vaccine arrives, with spikes in cases and loss of life well into 2021 and beyond, regardless of who is president.

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