Dr. Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, talks COVID-19 frustrations, vaccine and building public trust. USA TODAY

Our View: COVID-19 Operation Warp Speed isn't done yet. Don't rush science; do aid states. America only gets one shot at getting vaccination right.


unwilling to be inoculated. FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn wisely placed management of the process with seasoned career federal scientists to build public trust. The review process should be allowed to play itself out and do so transparently. 

Meanwhile, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will issue recommendations on who should receive the initially scarce vaccine doses, enough States are all over the map in terms of their readiness to handle vaccine distribution and even less prepared to mount the large-scale outreach efforts required to address vaccine hesitancy," Kaiser Family Foundation President Drew Altman said.

Biden officials appear to be committed to working more directly with state vaccination efforts to help ensure more equitable relief. 

It would be unconscionable at this crucial juncture to give fiscally strapped states responsibility for financing the additional infrastructure, communication, outreach and hiring necessary to organize dissemination of the vaccines and persuade people to accept them.

With hospitals buckling under the strain and daily COVID-19 deaths at 9/11 levels, Congress needs to set aside partisan differences in this emergency and immediately enact stimulus funding. One promising vehicle is bipartisan legislation offered by Senate moderates. 

Dr. Robert Redfield, head of the CDC, predicted Wednesday that the next three months will be "the most difficult time in the public health history of the nation.” America's leaders have one shot to deliver the country from this nightmare with a thorough and robust vaccination program leading into the spring and summer.

They have to get this right. 

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