It’s for our own good. This is the explanation I expect to see from theists, who will twist themselves into knots saying how God can prevent all this death and suffering, but chooses not to. Question: if you had the vaccine, would you pass it to others? If you are not a monster, of course you would. So why doesn’t God stop this?
Well, (for the theist) God has clearly created DNA, which allows for the possibility of viruses, cancers, etc. So it’s not a new question really, though this brings it into greater focus. I guess most Christians would come to a “fallen world” explanation. God didn’t intend for things to to be this way, but etc.
I find it genuinely odd that American evangelists are being so adamant about not canceling services, shaking hands and hugging during them, and generally denying the impact of the virus.
I get it on an ideological level; they probably think themselves immune to heathen oriental contagions and there’s some American exceptionalism and “it’s a liberal hoax” at play. But it doesn’t make sense to play down this danger when they have nothing to gain from it and so much to lose. The virus eliminating a swath of their community would take away some of their power as a voting bloc, and that’s just about the last thing they want.