KEY PONTIFICATION: If the coronavirus vaccine is 75 percent effective—which would be excellent, considering that the flu shot is only about 50 percent effective—roughly two-thirds of the population would need to be vaccinated, according to Paul Offit, the director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. But with 50% of the population now saying they won’t get a vaccine we could be in for a mask-wearing culture for a long time.

IN SHORT: Pharma companies have finally banded together to ask the FDA to better regulate any new drug approvals including a possible new COVID vaccine. Why? Six in 10 Americans worry political pressure from the administration will lead the FDA to rush vaccine approval before confirming it’s safe and effective, the Kaiser Family Foundation has found. And only about 4 in 10 would get the vaccine, even if it were free if the FDA approved it before the election.