Joe Biden has previously questioned whether a coronavirus vaccine will be “real”, and has questioned whether the vaccine will be distributed with “any degree of equity and realization” – it seems to contradict experts. public health even as the White House touts vaccine progress.
The Trump campaign called Biden’s remarks “irresponsible,” and pointed to statements from top officials of 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 it̵7;s there?” Asked Biden on Tuesday. “And the question of whether it’s real, when it’s there, requires huge transparency. You have to make it all available to other experts across the nation, so they can see and see. So there’s consensus, this is a safe vaccine.
“Because you already have, what percentage of American people say if the vaccine was there tomorrow, don’t they take it? And it’s not the usual crowd against vaccines. It’s beyond that why people are they lose faith in what the president says. Think about it. “
Meanwhile, the chief adviser to Operation Warp Speed, the government’s vaccine program, said this week in an interview with CNN that it expects “90 percent” efficacy rates.
“I think it will be a very effective vaccine. That is my prediction,” scientist Moncef Slaoui told reporters. “My personal opinion based on my experience and the biology of this virus, I think this vaccine will be very efficient.”
Slaoui predicted that “ideally” all Americans would have access to the vaccine by mid-2021.
Biden’s rhetoric emerges as his campaign escalated his attacks on the Trump administration’s coronavirus testing management. The former vice president said the coronavirus crisis in Arizona, for example, is the “direct result of Donald Trump’s lack of leadership and his desire to” reduce testing, “and the “Americans are suffering the consequences.”
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Biden specifically called for the White House to “resume operating federally-managed community-based testing across the country and establish multiple sites in Arizona.” And, in recent weeks, Biden has called for Trump to “speed up testing” at the national level, saying Trump has “put politics ahead of the security and economic well-being of the American people.”
However, during the 2009 swine flu pandemic, the Obama administration suddenly told states to shut down their testing, without providing much in the way of explanation. And Biden’s top adviser at the time acknowledged that the Obama administration did “nothing good” to combat that pandemic, before backing down those comments.