Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, experts have agreed that the only way for life to truly return to normal is through the development of a vaccine.
Vaccines usually take years to create. The fastest the process has ever been completed is four years. But an all-out global effort, supported by billions of dollars in investment, has the development of a coronavirus vaccine progressing at an unprecedented pace. Predictions vary, but most experts say a viable vaccine could be ready by the end of this year or early 2021.
As impressive as that timeline may be, a vaccine is useless if many people refuse to take it. Polling suggests vaccine skepticism could be a major hurdle to ending the pandemic in the U.S. Surveys conducted over the summer found that between a quarter and a third of Americans would not take a vaccine that had been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. Those numbers appear to have gotten worse, recent polls suggest.