A recent poll indicates that 70% of Republicans may decline to be vaccinated for Covid-19 when a vaccine is available. Of all voting groups, Republicans are also the least likely to follow CDC safety guidelines for the pandemic. Most Republicans also think Trump is best suited to handle the economy.
Here is the problem: The Corona virus needs to be brought under control before the economy can bounce back to normal. Look at all the shut downs, startups, and shut downs again the country is experiencing because the virus keeps resurging. Our schools are in chaos. Most people in this country will not resume normal activities until they feel it is safe to do so, and so the economy remains stuck. Experts think it is likely to be June before a vaccine is widely available. Even then, certain factors need to fall into place to be successful. A vaccine will be somewhere between 50 to 90% effective. The goal is to reach ‘herd immunity’ of roughly 75% of the population. If we still have a high infection rate in the country, no effective testing and contact tracing program, a vaccine that is only roughly 50% effective, AND a large percent of the population unwilling to be vaccinated, we will likely fail. In the end, Republicans may be the ones most responsible if the country fails to quickly recover economically after a vaccine is available and distributed.
We can help control the outcome, but it requires a national effort from everyone. Until a vaccine is widely available, it is vital to keep the positivity rate of infection down as much as possible. That means wearing masks in public, social distancing and frequent hand washing. We get to choose between open bars or schools, not both. There are many examples of countries in the world doing much better than us. The key is that all of them have a far lower rate of infection. With a low infection rate, they have been able to open much more of their economies. We can and must do better.
And finally, we have control over who we put in the White House. Donald Trump is who he is, and will not change. He sets the wrong tone, has no plan for the pandemic or the recovery, and wants no responsibility. As Michelle Obama said the other night, if he is re-elected things can and will get worse. We need a reset, and that is why I will be voting for Joe Biden. He is our best hope to bring the Corona virus under control as quickly as possible. Then we can begin to re-build our economy and restore normalcy.