House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California, confirmed she would take the coronavirus vaccine if it was approved after some Democrats expressed concern that President Trump is rushing to approve it.
“I am not a big needle taker. I mean, I had a hard time getting my ears pierced. I’m not a big fan of needles, “she told reporters at a news conference.
“I mean, they have to talk me into the flu shot with great force every year – but if it serves as a model for other people, well, I would take the vaccine if it’s approved by the normal order.”
The speaker claimed that the Trump administration will circumvent phase three trials proving the safety of vaccines, but said she trusts U.S. health officials and drug companies to ensure safety and effectiveness.
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“I do not like the pressure that the White House is putting on all this, and the statements that ̵
Pelosi added: “Let me greet the researchers at the FDA and even some of the CDC folks … who have been there for a long time about the highest scientific caliber that now supports the FDA working on this initiative.”
“Let science decide this, not politics, and then people will trust the product,” she said.
Meanwhile, the Democratic presidential bill has been criticized for sowing fears related to the coronavirus vaccine.
“We can not let politics interfere with the vaccine in any way,” Biden said last month. “Americans have had to endure President Trump’s incompetence and dishonesty when it comes to testing and personal protective equipment. We cannot afford to repeat these fiascos when it comes to a vaccine when it occurs. The stakes are too high. ”
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“I trust vaccines. I trust scientists. I do not trust Trump,” he said.
While Biden said he trusts vaccines, he added that “this administration will have to respond to reassure the American people that politics will not play a role in the vaccination process at all.”
These remarks came after his running mate, Kamala Harris, created controversy by predicting that public health experts “will be silenced, they will be oppressed, they will be sidelined because [Trump’s] looks at an election coming in less than 60 days and he grasps at what he can get to pretend he has been the leader in this matter when he is not. “
Asked whether she would get a hypothetical vaccine before the election, she said: “Well, I think it will be a problem for all of us. I would say I would not trust Donald Trump and it would “I need a credible source of information that speaks to the effectiveness and reliability of whatever he talks about, I will not take his word for it.”
“I would like to see what the researchers said,” Biden said separately in response to a question about whether he would take a vaccine approved by the Trump administration. “I want full transparency about the vaccine. One of the problems is the way he plays on politics. He says so many things that are not true and I’m worried if we have a really good vaccine, people will be reluctant. take it. “
At a news conference earlier this month, Trump promised enough coronavirus vaccine doses to “every American” by April. He predicted that availability would begin as early as October, in direct contrast to a much longer timeline offered earlier in the day by Director Robert Redfield of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Redfield told a panel of Senate lawmakers not to expect a coronavirus vaccine to be widely available to most of the U.S. population until the summer of 2021.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said he would target a coronavirus vaccine by November or December.
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” I would still put my money in November / December, ” he said, during a Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute panel on global pandemics.