Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s running mate, is now saying that she will be skeptical of any coronavirus vaccine that is released before the general election.
Last month, Harris said that a Biden-Harris administration will do “what’s best for the people” — which she said includes hiring 100,000 contact tracers and immediately investing $25 billion into developing and producing a coronavirus vaccine. Apparently though, if a vaccine is made available while Trump is in office, she will not trust it.
But with recent polls showing that as many as two-thirds of Americans are already wary of a coronavirus vaccine, Harris’s pre-election skepticism could have the unintended consequence of bolstering antivaccine sentiments.
Harris’s statements came after President Donald Trump, during a White House press conference on Friday, suggested that Americans might see a coronavirus vaccine as soon as the end of October. “We remain on track to deliver a vaccine before the end of the year, and maybe even before November 1st,” Trump said. “We think we could probably have it sometime during the month of October.”
Harris addressed the matter in a pre-recorded interview with CNN, which will air on Sunday, The Hill reported. There, she expressed concern about whether health officials would get the “last word” on the effectiveness of the coronavirus vaccine.
“If past is prologue that they will not,” Harris claimed. “They’ll be muzzled, they’ll be suppressed, they will be sidelined because he’s looking at an election coming up in less than 60 days, and he’s grasping for whatever he can get to pretend that he’s been a leader on this issue when he’s not.”
“I will say that I would not trust Donald Trump, and it would have to be a credible source of information that talks about the efficacy and the reliability of whatever he’s talking about,” she added.
The left’s claim
The Democrats continue to argue that President Trump has mishandled the coronavirus from its inception. Now, Harris and others contend that Trump is pulling strings to get a coronavirus vaccine released before election day, without going through the proper procedures and without getting approval from the proper authorities.
CNN, pushing this narrative, reported on Thursday that President Trump has been pressuring officials to speed up the development of a coronavirus vaccine so as to give the impression to the American people that the COVID-19 pandemic is near its end.
What of it?
How much of this is true remains unclear. But, there is certainly nothing wrong with President Trump trying to do what he can to get Americans a safe and effective vaccine for an illness that has plagued our country for many months now. And, if such a vaccine were to come out before the election, that would obviously help Trump’s reelection.
But, as for the claim that the president is cutting corners to get a political victory — well, that is the sort of claim that we have come to expect from the left these days.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the infectious diseases expert who is a member of the White House coronavirus task force, gave his take on the matter, which is a sensible one. He said:
I mean, I will look at the data, and I would assume, and I’m pretty sure it’s going to be the case, that a vaccine would not be approved for the American public unless it was indeed both safe and effective. And I keep emphasizing both safe and effective. If that’s the case … I would not hesitate for a moment to take the vaccine myself and recommend it for my family.