Biden Blames Trump for Public’s Coronavirus Vaccine Skepticism
President-elect Joe Biden said Monday that President Donald Trump has made the American people skeptical about the safety of a coronavirus vaccine by encouraging unproven treatments and politicizing the vaccine approval process.
“I wouldn’t hesitate to get the vaccine,” Biden said after a speech on his economic plan. “The only reason people question the vaccine now is because of Donald Trump.”
During the campaign, Biden and Trump traded barbs over a Covid-19 vaccine. Biden charged that Trump put undue political pressure on scientists and medical experts to skip safety measures to expedite the development of a vaccine before the presidential election. Trump said that Biden had “launched a public campaign” against a coronavirus vaccine by criticizing the development process.
But Biden reaffirmed his position on Monday that if Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, and the pharmaceutical companies said the vaccine was safe and effective, he would take it. Moderna announced Monday that its coronavirus vaccine was 94.5% effective after Pfizer announced last week that its vaccine was more than 90% effective.
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