BALTIMORE (WJZ) – Johns Hopkins public health experts laid out challenges in distributing and administering coronavirus vaccines.

“A vaccine isn’t going to work if you’re not going to receive it,” Dr. Naor Bar-Zeev of the Johns Hopkins Bloomber School of Public Health said. “Most likely, older adults will be prioritized. Health care workers will clearly be prioritized on the front line. The question then becomes what about essential workers? What about keeping the economy going?”

Moderna and Pfizer each started large-scale trials this week, the first in the U.S. NIAID Director Dr. Anthony Fauci said trials are moving at a rapid speed.

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“We want to make sure that we’re very transparent, that people appreciate that that speed is not compromising safety, nor is it compromising scientific integrity,” Dr. Fauci said.

A reasonable timeline for wide distribution of vaccines is likely the end of 2021, according to Dr. Bar-Zeev.

“Even after we have a vaccine that works and even after we demonstrate its safety and efficacy and even after we’ve produced enough doses to go around, at least for the first round, we still need to get it delivered and that’s going to be a big challenge,” Dr. Bar-Zeev said. “What we’re seeing is science live in real time. I think in the long run, that’s good for science and that’s good for community trust. In the short run, it leaves people feeling a little bit, say, uncomfortable.”

Public faith in a vaccine may depend on politics, Dr. Monica Schoch-Spana of the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security said.

“We’re seeing this political partisanship playing out, sadly, also in terms of vaccine hesitancy,” Dr. Schoch-Spana said. “For some, they may be anxious on whether a COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective. Others may be mistrustful.”

Dr. Schoch-Spana called on more federal leaders to commit any vaccine be free and available.

“We need the government to publically pledge that everyone that wants a vaccine can get one,” Dr. Schoch-Spana said.

Dr. Bar-Zeev said older adults and health care workers will likely be prioritized over others once vaccines are approved.

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Paul Gessler

Comments (14)
  1. A J says:

    History will not remember “president” Trump or the GOP kindly at all -this will be a cautionary tale for future generations about how ignorance and the denying of science can destroy a nation and kill people. Trump really is the most incompetent President this nation has ever known. TRUMP.. UNSTABLE NON-GENIUS NARCISSIST KNOWN SERIAL LIAR! …” HE’S IMPOTUS FOR A REASON. “COME NOVEMBER AMERICANS WILL REMEMBER!” 45 will sacrifice millions for his personal gain, happening now! Your president wants all the authority, none of the responsibility or accountability. Trump Death count keeps going up daily!

    1. samuel says:

      Only an ignorant person will take this vaccine for a clearly exaggerated outbreak. The testing is scam, too. However, Fauci and Billinda Gates still need to be arrested for weaponizing cold viruses.
      FOR CHRIST’S SAKE… DO NOT TAKE CORONA VACCINES.
      They will try to force multiple shots.

      1. Frank Rizzo says:

        I’m glad you’ll be increasing your chances of leaving the Earth. You’re a detriment to humanity.

    2. Tom Blech says:

      You are a marxist—-your marxist buddies who run entire states that have TOTAL MARXIST CONTROL have not done one bit better than trump. i dont care about trump—-but your hatred is towards ANYBODY who fights against marxist communism—-that means I am your enemy and will fight to oppose you to the bitter end. YOU CAN COUNT ON THAT!

    3. David A says:

      Even Hillary would have struggled with this world pandemic. No one wants to or practically can stay inside for two years straight and not work or manage their stress. Trump’s behavior as president has been a Twitter rage within his normal celebrity personality.It has nothing to do with the outcomes of COVID. America was shut down and authority was given to the states to make their own decisions. Unless Hillary would have locked down the entire country and declared martial law, the health situation would end up the same at some point with no vaccine available in two years time.

    4. CEuC says:

      History will not blame President Trump or the GOP just like history doesn’t blame President Wilson and the DemocRATS for the Spanish flu. It’s a pandemic, not politics, dummy.

  2. MP says:

    It’s really hard to believe that people as stupid as you are allowed to vote.

  3. Judy M. Moody says:

    How can the vaccine be ready at “the end of 2021” when the Moderna study does not even end until October, 2022? How can the Phase 3 trial be a Phase 3 when the people who are getting the vaccine are not even getting deliberately exposed to COVID-19? In other words, the drug company is simply injecting the people with their vaccine, and then sending them home, with their mask and social distancing requirements. They are not testing the vaccine against anything. Read about it for yourself on the Clinical Trials website. This is all a scam, folks.

  4. Johnny Kay says:

    The coronavirus “pandemic” is a fraud — an invisible, all-purpose enemy to which the government can attribute any dangers it wants to frighten and control us.

    It has been a fiction from the beginning — in the US, the UK, Italy, Spain, Brazil — everywhere.

    The international corporate elite that runs things behind the scenes has taken an illness whose real effect is no more dangerous than the common flu (and probably far less so) and turned it into an excuse for an enormous expansion of government power and an enormous redistribution of resources — literally, trillions of dollars — from the citizens to the corporate elite.

    The international corporate elite has used every organization under its control — which is to say, every organization of consequence — to promote this false narrative.

    According to numerous studies and the government’s own data, at least 98% of those who have the coronavirus are asymptomatic — they have no symptoms. They are not sick.

    The vast majority of the rest have minor symptoms. Only a very small percentage of the remaining group — almost all of whom have pre-existing co-morbidity factors such as asthma, cancer, COPD, diabetes, or morbid obesity — have severe symptoms. Only a very small percentage of that group actually die.

    In terms of its real effect, COVID-19 is like a mild flu — a very mild flu.

    There is no legitimacy to any of it. The masks, the “social distancing”, the “social bubbles”, the “self-isolation”, the “self-quarantining”, the “contact tracing”, the “flattening the curve”, the shutdowns, the lockdowns, the push for vaccination, the push for testing, the bans on assemblies and large groups, the restrictions on churches and prayer groups — none of that is to keep us safe, but all of it is to condition us to accept more government control, more arbitrary regimentation, more handouts to the corporate elite, and mandatory vaccination.

    We have been lied to every step of the way. News reports of overworked doctors, overflowing morgues, crowded hospitals, crowded ICUs, emergency rooms inundated with thousands of COVID-19 patients, racing ambulances full of COVID-19 patients, mass graves, and refrigerated trucks full of bodies are contradicted by numerous videos of empty hospitals, empty waiting rooms, empty “testing centers”, and parked ambulances in the alleged “epicenters” of the pandemic.

    The coronavirus charade is no different from previous virus panics — SARS, MERS, Swine Flu, Zika — only now the people at the top think we are divided enough, stupid enough, and weak enough to submit to a massive acceleration of the ongoing transfer of power and wealth from us to them. Sadly, it appears that they are correct.

    The starting point for knowing the truth about anything is to believe the opposite of what the government and the corporate media tell us.

    Too many of us still believe — despite overwhelming historical and contemporary evidence to the contrary — that the government and the corporate media do not lie, especially about the big things. In reality, the government and the corporate media lie about everything — especially about the big things.

    1. You’re using numbers to support your claims such as “it’ less severe than the flu” and every other bit of nonsense you’re rambling on about.
      Where the eff, do you get these numbers from to even try making your convoluted case? The govt, the CDC, and all the same sources you claim are making it all up. How do you know that the numbers you are seeing are true? If they’re trying to fool you, instead of the 160,000(which is almost double the worst seasonal flu year in history), who are dead in the US, why wouldn’t they just tweak it up ab it, to say like 500,000, you know, so they can get some more control.
      Yes, the Left, corporations, etc, will use any excuse imaginable for control, but just face reality. There’s an actual pandemic, it sucks, it isn’t “fake”, and you’re all making yourself sound like idiots.

  5. TheCheese says:

    You must go further and pledge, as a government, that anyone that DOES NOT want one will not be forced into getting one.

  6. Norm says:

    Asking a doctor about distribution logistics? How about interviewing a real expert?

  7. Pertaining to myself and my family, I seem to be less interested in getting a vaccine created in “world record time”.
    I mean, I entirely understand the urgency here, but being the cautious person that I am, that’s just how I think. On the other hand, what if myself or my wife get a bad case of this? Probably not the kids it sounds like (thankfully)
    Anyhow, it’s quite a dilemma here.

  8. CEuC says:

    Don’t worry, the COVID pandemic will end on November 4, 2020, if Biden wins the election.

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