Most Americans want vaccine as nation tops 400,000 COVID deaths

 

One day before Joe Biden is sworn in as the 46th president of the United States, a new poll from Washington Post-ABC News shows that 52% of Americans think the coronavirus outbreak is out of control, and 62% say trying to control the pandemic is more important than restarting the economy.

The numbers come as a national vaccine campaign has rolled out in fits and starts across the country.

Though the new poll still shows a political divide, most Americans said they will (40%) or probably will (23%) get a COVID-19 vaccine when one is made available to them. Half of Democrats polled said they would definitely get a vaccine, while only 25% of Republicans said the same.

Sixty percent of all respondents expressed disapproval at President Trump’s handling of the pandemic. In a final Gallup poll published yesterday, Trump had an overall approval rating of 34%.

Biden: Pandemic is Job 1

President-elect Biden has said tackling the pandemic will be the most important job of his presidency, but officials from his campaign told CNN they are nervous that President Trump’s task force hasn’t been transparent in sharing full details of the federal response to the pandemic.

“They don’t know what they don’t know,” a source close to the Biden team told CNN.

The United States reported 137,885 new COVID-19 cases and 1,381 deaths yesterday, according to the Johns Hopkins COVID-19 tracker. There are 123,848 COVID-19 patients in US hospitals, according to the COVID Tracking Project.

In total, 24,163,707 Americans have had COVID-19, and 400,022 have died from the virus.

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