Experts see progress on a COVID-19 vaccine, but worry about who gets it first and how it gets to them


A coronavirus vaccine or even several could be ready in a few months, so experts are beginning to worry about how to get it into people's arms.

“Vaccines don’t save lives. Vaccinations save lives,” said Daniel Salmon, director of the Institute for Vaccine Safety at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

USA TODAY's expert panelists, increasingly optimistic about the prospect of a readily available vaccine, are concerned about who will get it first, how doses will be shipped and what messages the government must send so Americans trust getting one.

As the prospect of an immunization for COVID-19 comes into focus, educating the public about how vaccines will work and the painstaking process required to approve them will be key to getting people to line up once they’re available.



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