Sen. Kamala Harris, the democratic vice presidential nominee, accused President Trump of downplaying the “seriousness” of the coronavirus pandemic and stated she wouldn’t take his word that a COVID-19 vaccine was prepared to be used.
“I’ll say that I’d not belief Donald Trump and it must be a credible supply of knowledge that talks about the efficacy and the reliability of no matter he’s speaking about,” she stated throughout an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union” that aired on Sunday. “I cannot take his word for it.”
Trump and officers with the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention stated final week that a vaccine could possibly be able to ship to the states for distribution by Nov. 1 — two days earlier than Election Day.
“From the start of this pandemic, he has referred to as it a hoax, has muzzled the general public well being consultants. He has minimized the seriousness of it. He has created false expectations for the American folks and American households, despite the fact that if he had listened to the scientists and the consultants, he would have understood the gravity of it,” the California lawmaker stated because the virus’ demise toll within the US neared 190,000.
“His precedence was to to do no matter he thought was politically expedient,” Harris continued.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, a member of the White Home coronavirus job drive and a main skilled in infectious ailments, final week stated it’s “conceivable” a vaccine could possibly be prepared by November and warranted that it could be secure to make use of whether it is authorized by the feds.
“I’ll have a look at the info and I’d assume — and I’m fairly certain it’s going to be the case — that a vaccine wouldn’t be authorized for the American public except it was certainly each secure and efficient,” Fauci stated.
However requested by host Dana Bash whether or not well being consultants would have the ultimate word on a vaccine, Harris claimed they’d be “muzzled.”
“If previous is prologue they won’t. They’ll be muzzled, they’ll be suppressed. They are going to be sidelined as a result of he’s taking a look at an election developing in lower than 60 days. And he’s greedy for no matter he can get to faux that he has been a chief on this situation when he isn’t,” she stated.
Requested if she trusted Fauci, Harris stated she did.
“I believe Dr. Fauci has confirmed for anybody who has been watching him for years and years to place the general public well being of the American folks as the best precedence by way of his work and his fame and his precedence,” Harris stated. “Sure, I belief Dr. Fauci.”