Here’s why the coronavirus vaccine could be driving up gas prices in Virginia

‘It’s those prices for crude oil that are driving pump prices right now’

RICHMOND, Va. – Holiday travel is typically a revenue generator for the oil industry; however, a recent survey and study found that gasoline sales tanked to a 23-year low over Thanksgiving.

As predicted, AAA said more Americans stayed home this year; however, gas prices are rising in Virginia.

In typical years, supply and demand would be the culprit of rising prices this time of year. Yet experts are suggesting a link between pump prices and the COVID-19 vaccine.

“It’s more about gains – very robust gains in crude oil prices. There is a lot of optimism in the oil market right now with the vaccine starting to rollout. We saw it rolling out in the UK today. Promises of a return close to something of normal in the future as well. It’s those prices for crude oil that are driving pump prices right now,” explained Morgan Dean, AAA spokesperson.

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