Harris also expressed concern that Trump has continued to contradict his own health officials amid a pandemic and suggested on Friday that a vaccine would be ‘likely’ available in October for the virus, which has killed more than 188,000 people. in the United States on Saturday.
“If the past is a prologue… they will be muzzled. They will be removed, ”Harris said of health experts and scientists. “They will be sidelined because he is considering an election in less than 60 days, and he is taking whatever he can get to claim he has been a leader on this issue when he has not. did not.
Harris’ concerns come after a growing number of health officials and politicians, including Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, said the administration’s inconsistent approach to the coronavirus could solidify American skepticism about the safety of a vaccine.
“Why do we think, God willing, when we get a vaccine – that’s good, it works – why do we think the public is going to line up to be ready to be injected?” Joe Biden asked on Wednesday. “We have lost so much faith, the American people, in what is being said [by the Trump administration]. »
The CDC on Wednesday issued guidelines asking states to prepare for vaccine distribution by November, but the head of the government’s vaccine accelerator program, Moncef Slaoui, said in an interview with NPR on Thursday that it was “highly unlikely” that a vaccine would be approved in early November.