Don’t inject politics into vaccine policy

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In recent years, the anti-vaccine movement in the United States has become something of a disease itself, finding willing hosts in both the conspiracy theorists of the right and Big Pharma doubters of the left.In a CNN poll taken early this month, only about half of Americans said they would try to get a COVID-19 vaccine once one is available, a percentage that seems to have declined in the last five months.This makes it vital that government officials not do anything to sew doubts about a COVID-19 vaccination that is needed to help the nation return to some sort of normalcy. And the only way to do that is to insist that all vaccines are thoroughly tested in clinical trials to make sure they are both safe and effective.  On this front, there is good news and bad news to report. The good news: This month, the Food and Drug Administration published guidelines requiring vaccine makers to monitor their clinical trial patients for a median duration of at least two months after administering their last dose. These two months are necessary to ensure that people don’t have delayed reactions to the vaccine.The bad news: Getting to …

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