House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., Has confirmed she will take the coronavirus vaccine if approved, after some Democrats expressed concern that President Trump is rushing his approval.
“I’m not a big taker of needles. I mean, I had a hard time getting my ears pierced. I’m not a big fan of needles, ”she told reporters at a press conference.
“I mean, they have to convince me to get my flu shot every year – but if that serves as a model for other people, yes, I would take the vaccine if it’s approved by the usual order of things.
The speaker alleged that the Trump administration wanted to bypass phase three trials that prove the vaccine’s safety, but said she trusted U.S. health officials and pharmaceutical companies to ensure the safety and security of the vaccine. efficiency.
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“I don’t like the pressure the White House has put on all of this and the statements that ‘Maybe we don’t need clinical trials like we normally do, we can just do two instead. of three ‘and all that, ”she said.
Pelosi added, “Let me salute the scientists at the FDA, and even some of the folks at the CDC… who have been around for a long time for the highest caliber of science that is now supporting the FDA working on this initiative. ”
“Let science determine this, not politics, and then people will have confidence in the product,” she said.
Meanwhile, the Democratic presidential ticket has come under fire for spreading fear over the coronavirus vaccine.
“We cannot allow politics to interfere with the vaccine in any way,” Biden said last month. “Americans have had to endure President Trump’s incompetence and dishonesty when it comes to testing and personal protective equipment. We cannot afford to repeat these fiascos when it comes to a vaccine, when it occurs. The stakes are too high. ”
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“I trust the vaccines. I trust scientists. I don’t trust Trump, ”he said.
While Biden said he trusts vaccines, he added that “this administration is going to have to respond to assure the American people that politics will play no role in the vaccination process.” ”
The remarks came after his running mate, Kamala Harris, caused controversy by predicting that public health experts “will be muzzled, they will be suppressed, they will be sidelined, because [Trump’s] looking at an upcoming election in less than 60 days, and he takes whatever he can get to pretend he’s been a leader on this issue when he’s not. ”
When asked if she would receive a hypothetical pre-election vaccine, she replied, “Well, I think this is going to be a problem for all of us. I will say that I wouldn’t trust Donald Trump and that it should be a credible source of information that talks about the effectiveness and reliability of whatever he talks about, I don’t take his word for it. ”
“I’d like to see what the scientists said,” Biden said separately in response to a question of whether he would take a vaccine approved by the Trump administration. “I want full transparency on the vaccine. One of the problems is the way he plays with politics. He says so many things that are not true and I worry if we have a really good vaccine people are going to be reluctant. to take it. ”
At a press conference earlier this month, Trump pledged enough doses of the coronavirus vaccine for “every American” by April. He predicted availability would begin as early as early October, directly contradicting a much longer schedule proposed earlier today by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) director Robert Redfield.
Redfield told a panel of Senate lawmakers not to expect a coronavirus vaccine to become widely available to most of the U.S. population until the summer of 2021.
Dr Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said he would bet on a coronavirus vaccine by November or December.
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“I would always put my money in November / December,” he said, during a Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute panel on global pandemics.