Commentary: Rapid search for COVID-19 vaccine faces undue skepticism despite life-saving potential

Dr. Don Forthal, a professor of medicine and chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases at UC Irvine [said], “It’s hard to know to what degree this general mistrust of science will impact the use of a vaccine when it becomes available.” If a well-tolerated and effective vaccine is ready for distribution and a large portion of the population refuses to take it, Forthal said, “we’ll still have a lot of people falling ill.” … Dr. Michael Buchmeier, professor of infectious diseases at UC Irvine’s medical school and associate director of the Center for Viral Research, [said] … “This is the one thing that should have united us,” he said. Instead, “people are not showing common sense.”