Biden: “I trust vaccines, I trust scientists, but I don’t trust Donald Trump”

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In remarks in Delaware on Wednesday, Joe Biden made it clear he trusted scientists on a coronavirus vaccine, but not President Trump, drawing up a list of three criteria he wants the administration to meet for himself. ensure that the process is not politicized.Why is this important: Republicans have criticized Biden and other Democrats for being anti-vaccine following recent comments about whether they would take a vaccine approved by the Trump administration on an accelerated schedule.

  • Earlier this month, the president called on his Democratic opponents to “immediately apologize for the reckless anti-vaccine rhetoric they are talking about right now.”

Driving the news: “Let me be clear: I trust vaccines, I trust scientists, but I don’t trust Donald Trump,” Biden said. He then called on Trump to answer the following three questions, and said the American people shouldn’t be trusted if the president couldn’t answer them:

  1. “What criteria will be used to ensure that a vaccine meets the scientific standard for safety and efficacy? “
  2. “If the administration gives the green light to a vaccine, who will validate that the decision was driven by science rather than politics?” What group of scientists is this? “
  3. “How can we be sure that the vaccine will be distributed safely, free of charge and without any hint of favoritism? “

The bottom line: Biden said if these three questions are answered, then he and others should “absolutely” take the vaccine.

The context: Before making remarks, Biden had a virtual briefing with public health experts on the development and distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine.

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