At one point during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) questioned the efficacy of any forthcoming vaccine rushed to production by the Trump administration.
She has apparently since been convinced of its benefits, however, and enthusiastically received her first dose of a two-part inoculation this month.
“It happens really quickly”
Even as President Donald Trump receives widespread credit for his administration’s efforts to bring a vaccine to market in record time, Harris is praising the process of getting her shot as “painless” and “safe.”
Earlier in the year, the California senator insisted during the vice-presidential debate that she would only trust the vaccine if it received the approval of a medical expert like White House coronavirus adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci.
Nevertheless, Harris joined several other high-profile officials in opting to receive a vaccine developed by pharmaceutical firm Moderna as cameras captured the process. After rolling up her sleeve and taking the shot, she touted its importance.
“I want to encourage everyone to get the vaccine,” she said. “It is relatively painless, it happens really quickly. It is safe.”
Despite previously balking at the idea of a safe, effective vaccine being developed under the current administration, Harris is now an ardent supporter of the recently approved candidates.
“It’s about saving your life”
“This is about saving lives,” Harris said. “It’s literally about saving lives. I trust the scientists, and it is the scientists who created and approved this vaccine everyone. So I urge everyone, when it is your turn, get vaccinated. It’s about saving your life, the life of your family members, and the life of your community.”
For his part, Vice President Mike Pence took his then-rival to task during the debate, accusing her of undermining public confidence in the safety of the vaccine.
“The reality is that we will have a vaccine, we believe, before the end of this year and it will have the capacity to save countless American lives,” Pence told Harris at the time. “Your continuous undermining of confidence in a vaccine is just unacceptable.”
In the subsequent months, it seems as though someone was able to provide sufficient evidence that the cutting-edge vaccine was developed by scientists under rigorous standards and not the handiwork of the president.
Days earlier, Biden received his first shot in front of cameras, asserting: “I’m doing this to demonstrate that people should be prepared when it’s available to take the vaccine. There’s nothing to worry about.”