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Kamala Harris, the Democratic vice presidential nominee, said she “would not trust Donald Trump” with a coronavirus vaccine.
“I will not take his word for it,” Harris said in an interview with CNN that aired Sunday.
Contrary to warnings from experts and health officials, President Donald Trump said on Friday that a vaccine would be available for distribution as soon as next month.
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Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris said she “would not trust Donald Trump” when asked whether she’d get an approved coronavirus vaccine before the November election.
“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,” Harris said, speaking in an interview with CNN that aired Sunday. “I will not take his word for it.”
Harris added that she believes public health officials will be “muzzled” and “suppressed” as the White House races to get out a vaccine for the coronavirus.
“They will be sidelined,” she said. “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 has been a leader on this issue when he’s not.”
President Donald Trump has long promised a vaccine to the coronavirus, at one point saying that one would be available around the time of the presidential election in November. On Friday, Trump sped up that timeline, saying a vaccine would be ready for distribution as soon as next month.
But health officials and experts have cautioned that a vaccine might not be available until the end of this year at the earliest.
“From everything we’ve seen now — in the animal data, as well as the human data — we feel cautiously optimistic that we will have a vaccine by the end of this year and as we go into 2021,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease specialist and the leading White House coronavirus expert, told lawmakers weeks ago.
Voters also remain skeptical of a fast-tracked coronavirus vaccine. A paltry 14% of respondents in a POLITICO/Morning Consult poll released last month said they would be more inclined to receive a vaccine if Trump backed it.
Almost half, or 46% of respondents, said they’d sooner follow advice from their family members, and about 43% said they’d take a vaccine based on the recommendation of Fauci or officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Insider.
The coronavirus has infected more than 6.2 million people in the United States, according to the latest data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. Of that total, more than 188,000 people have died from it.
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