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Voters say Biden should make coronavirus vaccine a priority: poll

Voters say Biden should make coronavirus vaccine a priority: poll
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Forty percent of voters say President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenIntercept bureau chief: minimum wage was not 'high priority' for Biden in COVID-19 relief South Carolina Senate adds firing squad as alternative execution method Obama alum Seth Harris to serve as Biden labor adviser: report MORE should make distributing a coronavirus vaccine his top priority when he is sworn into office next year, according to a new Harvard CAPS-Harris survey released exclusively to The Hill. 

Thirty-three percent of voters polled said Biden should make it a priority to pass a new coronavirus stimulus package through Congress. 

The findings come as coronavirus cases are on the rise across the U.S. Public health officials are urging Americans to forgo Thanksgiving holiday gatherings, warning that they will likely lead to an even greater surge in cases. 

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However, officials say there is a light at the end of the tunnel. A number of breakthroughs have been made on the vaccine front, and some experts say there is a possibility a vaccine could be distributed as soon as next month. 

Drugmaker AstraZeneca announced on Monday that its vaccine candidate, developed by Oxford University, is up to 90 percent effective in preventing COVID-19. 

Additionally, last week the drug companies Pfizer and Moderna announced successful tests of their proposed vaccines, both of which found success rates of about 95 percent.

On the stimulus package front, Republicans and Democrats appear to face an uphill climb. House Democrats passed a $3 trillion version of the HEROES Act in May and passed a $2.2 trillion, slimmed-down version of the package in October, but the package has gone nowhere in the GOP-controlled Senate. 

Biden, who met with Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiBiden coronavirus relief bill tests narrow Democratic majority Some Republicans say proxy voting gives advantage to Democrats Gun violence prevention groups optimistic background check legislation can pass this Congress MORE (D-Calif.) and Senate Majority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerA Biden stumble on China? First Black secretary of Senate sworn in Republican Ohio Senate candidate calls on GOP rep to resign over impeachment vote MORE (D-N.Y.) on Friday, has supported the Democrats' legislation. 

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He urged Congress to pass a coronavirus relief package "like the HEROES Act."

Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisElla Emhoff, inauguration designer join forces on knitwear collaboration Who is the Senate parliamentarian and why is she important? In America, women are frontliners of change MORE are set to meet with U.S. mayors amid the coronavirus surge on Monday. 

The Harvard CAPS-Harris poll of 2,205 registered voters was conducted between Nov. 17 and 19. It is a collaboration of the Center for American Political Studies at Harvard University and The Harris Poll.

Full poll results will be posted online later this week. The survey is an online sample drawn from the Harris Panel and weighted to reflect known demographics. As a representative online sample, it does not report a probability confidence interval.