Joe Biden preemptively doubts whether a coronavirus vaccine will be “real” and has questioned whether the vaccine would be distributed with “any degree of fairness and realization.” .
The Trump campaign has noted that Biden’s statements are “irresponsible,” pointing to statements from top officials at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) promising an effective vaccine.
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“How are you going to distribute the vaccine when it arrives, when it arrives, when it’s there?” Biden asked Tuesday. “And the question of whether it̵7;s real, when it’s there, requires tremendous transparency. You have to make it available to other experts across the country so they can see it. So there’s consensus, it’s about a safe vaccine.
“Since you already have it, what percentage do American people say if there was a vaccine tomorrow, wouldn’t they take it? And it’s not the usual people against vaccines. It’s beyond because people lose faith in what the President. Think about it. “
For his part, the chief adviser on Operation Warp Speed, the government’s vaccination program, said this week in an interview with CNN that he expects effectiveness rates to be “90 percent.”
“I think it will be a very effective vaccine. That is my prediction,” scientist Moncef Slaoui told scientists. “My personal opinion, based on my experience and the biology of this virus, I think this vaccine will be very effective.”
Slaoui predicted that “ideally” all Americans would have access to the vaccine by mid-2021.
Biden’s rhetoric comes as his campaign has been stepping up its attacks on the Trump administration’s management of coronavirus testing. The former vice president has said that, for example, the coronavirus crisis in Arizona is “the direct result of Donald Trump’s bankruptcy and his desire to ‘delay the trial,’ and Americans are suffering the consequences.”
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Biden made a specific call to the White House to “immediately restart the federally managed community testing operation nationwide and establish several locations in Arizona.” And, in recent weeks, Biden has demanded that Trump “speed up testing” across the country, saying Trump has been “putting politics ahead of the security and economic well-being of the American people.”
However, during the swine flu pandemic of 2009, the Obama administration suddenly told states to close their tests, without providing much of a way to explain. And, Biden’s top adviser at the time, has acknowledged that the Obama administration did “nothing right” to combat this pandemic, before going through those comments.