- 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:
- “What criteria will be used to ensure that a vaccine meets the scientific standard for safety and efficacy? “
- “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? “
- “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.