With close to 200,000 coronovirus deaths in the United States, Joseph R. Biden Jr. on Wednesday asked President Trump to do politics with a potential coronavirus vaccine, saying he did not believe Mr. Trump would have to determine when the vaccine was ready for Americans.
“Let me be clear: I trust vaccines,” Mr. Biden said. “I trust scientists. But I do not trust Donald Trump, and at this time, the American people cannot either.
Wilmington, Del. Immediately following Mr. Biden’s speech, Mr. Trump publicly reprimanded the former vice president for criticizing the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, saying that widespread vaccination may not be possible until the middle. Next year. Speaking during an evening briefing at the White House, the president also placed a slang against Mr. Biden, misleading him by accusing him of “promoting his anti-vaccine principles”.
Mr. Biden, in his speech, emphasized the issue of a coronavirus vaccine in the presidential race on the presidential stage, expressing serious concern over political pressure that Mr. Trump was emphasizing the government’s approval process and that Were accusing. Commentary for electoral gains.
“Scientific breakthroughs don’t care about the calendar any more viruses,” he said. “They certainly do not follow the election cycle. And their timing and their approval and their distribution should never be distorted by political views. It should be determined by science and security itself.”
Mr. Biden, former Surgeon General Drs. Delivered his remarks after receiving a briefing on the coronovirus vaccine from top national health experts, including Vivek Murthy.
As Mr. Trump, eager for a political victory, continues to suggest that a vaccine may be ready before Election Day, the possibility could become an important campaign issue in the final stretch – if it has already Is not.
The president’s comment that anyone could be rolled out before November 3 has raised concerns that Mr. Trump is making the assumption that a vaccine may not be properly applied when the public is already concerned about political interference I am worried. approval process.
The president accused Mr Biden last week of using the pandemic “for political gain” and falsely claimed that his opponent had launched “a public campaign” against a coronavirus vaccine.
And California Senator Kamala Harris, Mr. Biden’s running mate, said this month that if Mr. Trump assured the nation that a vaccine was safe, she would “not take her word for it.”
Mr. Biden said Wednesday that he would personally take the vaccine if scientists said it was safe, even if it had been approved under Mr. Trump’s supervision. “Absolutely, do it, yes,” he said, answering a reporter’s question.
In recent times, Mr. Trump has continued to make optimistic remarks about a vaccine. During a town-hall-style show aired Tuesday night by ABC News, he said that “we are very close to getting vaccinated” and indicated that one could be ready in “three weeks, four weeks”.
During his briefing on Wednesday, Mr. Trump said a vaccine would be announced “this month, next month,” and claimed that it had been developed “to the level” that no one had thought we had In terms of streamlining what he has done to his FDA. “
Mr. Trump’s timeline has confused many health experts, however, CDC director Dr. Robert R. Redfield, who speculated during a Senate hearing on Wednesday that a vaccine may be available for limited use by the end of the year, and for wider distribution by the middle of next year. In his briefing, Mr. Trump publicly called Dr. Redfield refuses, saying that he felt the director had “made a mistake when he said that.”
“It’s just misinformation,” Mr. Trump continued. “I called her and she didn’t tell me that and I think she got the message maybe confused.”
More than 30 potential coronavirus vaccines are now being tested in people with three vaccines in late stage clinical trials in the United States.
During his speech on Wednesday, Mr. Biden again condemned Mr. Trump’s handling of the epidemic, which has become one of his most frequent attacks of the general election campaign. Saying that Mr. Trump still does not have a plan to get us out of this crisis, Mr. Biden warned that its outbreak will only get worse.
“It won’t go away like a miracle,” Mr. Biden said, even if a vaccine became available, it would not be available to most Americans until “well” by 2021.
“We are growing in a very dangerous autumn,” Mr. Biden said, citing a model that the number of cases and deaths would start to rise in November.
Asked by a reporter how he would take the national mask mandate, which he has previously endorsed, Mr Biden said he believed he would have the legal authority to implement one.
“Our legal team thinks I can do it based on the degree to which those states are in crisis, and how bad things are for the country and what happens if we don’t do it,” he said . If it was determined that he had the legal authority to put the mask on an executive order, he said, he would.
Virginia Hughes contributed reporting.