House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., Confirmed she would take the coronavirus vaccine if approved, after some Democrats raised alarm that President Trump is rushing his approval.
“I’m not a big needle eater. I mean, I had a hard time getting my ears pierced. I’m not a huge fan of the needle,” she told reporters at a news conference.
“I mean, they have to convince me to get vaccinated against the flu under great duress every year – but if it serves as a model for other people, yes, I would take the vaccine if it was approved by the regular order of things.”
The speaker said the Trump administration wants to bypass Phase Three studies proving the vaccine̵
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“I don’t like the pressure the White House is putting on all of this and the claims that ‘Maybe we don’t need clinical trials like we normally do, we can only do two instead of three’ and all,” she said.
Pelosi added, “Let me greet the FDA scientists, and also some of the CDC folks … who have long been there on the highest level of science that now supports the FDA working on this initiative.”
“Let science determine this, not politics, and then people will have faith in the product,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Democratic presidential ticket has been criticized for sowing fear related to the coronavirus vaccine.
“We cannot allow politics to interfere with the vaccine in any way,” Biden said last month. “Americans have had to put up with President Trump’s incompetence and dishonesty when it comes to testing and personal protective equipment. We can’t afford to repeat those fiascos when it comes to a vaccine, when it occurs. The stakes are too much at stake. high. “
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“I trust vaccines. I trust scientists. I don’t trust Trump,” he said.
While Biden said he trusts vaccines, he added that “this administration will have to respond to assure the American people that politics will have no role in the vaccination process.”
Those remarks came after his running mate, Kamala Harris, caused controversy by predicting public health experts “will be muzzled, will be suppressed, will be sidelined, because [Trump’s] looking at an election coming up in less than 60 days, and he’s trying to grasp everything he can to pretend he’s been a leader on this issue when he’s not. “
When asked if she would get a hypothetical pre-election vaccine, she said: “Well, I think it will be a problem for all of us. I will say that I would not trust Donald Trump and he should have a credible source of information about it. effectiveness and reliability of whatever I’m talking about, I won’t take our word for it. “
“I’d like to see what the scientists said,” Biden said separately in response to a question about whether he would be taking a Trump administration-approved vaccine. “I want full transparency about the vaccine. One of the problems is how it is playing with politics. It says so many things that are not true and I am concerned that if we have a really good vaccine people will be reluctant to take it.”
At a press conference earlier this month, Trump promised sufficient doses of the coronavirus vaccine for “every American” by April. He predicted availability will begin in early October, directly contradicting a much longer timeline offered earlier in the day by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) director Robert Redfield.
Redfield told a group of Senate lawmakers that he does not expect a coronavirus vaccine to become 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 be betting on a coronavirus vaccine by November or December.
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“I would still like to put my money in November / December,” he said, during a Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute panel on global pandemics.