President Trump has stated that a future coronavirus vaccine will be voluntary.
On Friday, the president introduced "Operation Warp Speed," an ambitious Manhattan Project-style initiative to fast-track the development and distribution of a coronavirus vaccine by January 2021, tapping experts and resources in science, medicine, the military, and the private sector.
Experts have warned that the plan raises serious ethical and safety questions which are of grave importance not only to pro-life citizens, but to everyone.
However, President Trump did allay concerns about a mandatory vaccine on Friday, saying that the new vaccine would be for those "who want to get it," adding, "Not everyone is going to want to get it."
After he had previously introduced the idea of mobilizing the military to help deploy the new vaccine, some were concerned that this hinted that the drug would be forcibly administered. One website asked, "what will you do when they come to your door, and tell you it's mandatory?"
Anxiety about possible medical strong-arming by the military easily piggy-backed on top of wide speculation that legislation introduced in Congress earlier this month, known as the TRACE Act – the "COVID-19 Testing, Reaching, And Contacting Everyone Act" – would result in massive assaults by government agents against the constitutional rights of Americans.