Pence told Hill in an exclusive interview that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are working to develop a comprehensive plan for the delivery of a vaccine, along with seniors, Preference is given to first responders, health care workers and people with immunodeficiency.
“We will deploy resources, but the very moment that it is appropriate for someone in my category to get the vaccine, you better consider it. Me and my family will not hesitate,” Pence said of taking a vaccine. Said about
The Trump administration has deferred Operation War Speed, a government initiative aimed at reducing the time it takes to produce a vaccine for COVID-19. The virus has killed nearly 200,000 people in the US so far and has infected millions of Americans.
The objective of the program is to speed up the manufacturing process so that millions of potential vaccine doses are ready for distribution as soon as approval from health agencies.
But President Trump’s ambitious oath that a vaccine will be approved in just a few weeks has been criticized by Democrats and some health officials ahead of the election, who worry that he is politicizing public health matters and a final vaccine. But decreasing trust.
“I worry that if we had a good vaccine, people would be reluctant to take it. Therefore. [Trump] Is undermining public confidence, “Democratic candidate Joe Biden told reporters last week.” But pray to God that we have it. If I can get a vaccine tomorrow, I will do it. If it costs me in elections, I will. We need a vaccine and we need it now. We need to listen to the scientists. ”
The nation’s top infectious disease specialist Anthony Fauci said last week that it was “unlikely” that a vaccine would be ready by Election Day. He has indicated that it is likely that an effective vaccine will be approved by the end of the calendar year.
Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Stephen Hahn has said he is willing to fast-track a vaccine if appropriate, but will not let politics influence his decisions.
In addition to a potential COVID-19 vaccine, Pence said the administration would also urge the public to get vaccinated for influenza.
Public health officials have expressed concern about a possible surge in COVID-19 infections in the fall and winter months, and an increase in cases of seasonal flu will further strain the health system.
CDC director Robert Redfield said that in April he was concerned that a winter resurgence would be “more difficult than it actually is only through us.”
Pence, who heads the White House Coronovirus Task Force, said the government is preparing for the challenge of a combined flu season and pandemic, which is rapidly delivering results and expanding ventilators, while expanding the points of view. And adding protective gear to national stores.
Asked whether the Trump administration would continue with those measures, even if Democrats won the White House in November, Pence would not entertain the prospect of a Biden victory.
“Number one, Joe Biden is not going to win,” he told The Hill. “But I will tell you that we are expanding the test dramatically dramatically.
“Make no mistake about it, we’re going to encourage Americans to get flu vaccines as we go into flu season, and the moment a vaccine for coronovirus is available, that’s it” . “But, we are continuing to build capacity as we speak in trials, in PPE, in therapeutics, and finally in pursuing a vaccine.”
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