A former commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) believes that only around a third of the population of the United States – around 120 million people – are willing to receive the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine.
Demand for coronavirus vaccines is still high because the main demographic being vaccinated are older Americans. Gottlieb believes that, since age factors in greatly to whether or not people get a severe case of the coronavirus, these Americans would naturally be more willing to take the vaccine.
“There’s going to be a lot of intense demand even in younger cohorts, but I think once we get to 100 million, maybe 120 million vaccines, the demand is going to get soft,” said Gottlieb, who based his forecast on the number of adults who received flu shots in the past year.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated that about 12.3 million Americans have already received their initial dose of the coronavirus vaccine as of Friday morning, Jan. 15 – way short of the goal set by federal officials, which is to give at least 20 million people their first shot before the end of 2020.