Vice President Mike Pence took Joe Biden and his deputy senator, Kamala Harris, California, on Sunday on what he said was an obvious effort to undermine all safe and effective vaccines against COVID-19.
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Pence, who was interviewed in Fox News’s Life, Freedom and Levin, told host Mark Levin, Biden, Harris and Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the New York Democrat, must “stop playing politics with people’s lives by undermining trust safe and effective vaccine. “
Pence said President Trump had tried to speed up the vaccine through initiatives such as Operation Warp Speed, but said no safety angles had been cut. He said any vaccine that would be released to the public would be tested and approved by several agencies, including the Food and Drug Administration.
“So I have to make Kamala Harris say, two or three times in a row, that he will refuse to take the vaccine produced by the Trump administration,”
Health officials said that even if pharmaceutical companies produce an effective vaccine, a certain number of the population must be willing to participate in order to be effective. Stat News reports that only 58% of the American public has said they would like to be vaccinated once a vaccine is available. The number has been declining by 69% since mid-August.
Biden and fellow Democrats have tried to exploit Trump as reckless as far as the coronavirus is concerned in terms of transmission and treatment options. They say Trump is inclined to sell unproven medical achievements and apparently sees his reaction to the coronavirus as a political vulnerability.
The Mayo clinic said the vaccine would be “the ideal approach to achieving herd immunity,” which is the threshold reached when a sufficient number of individuals have recovered from the disease and have antibodies against future infections. The Mayo Clinic said about 70% of the population – or 200 million people – would have to recover from the virus or receive an effective vaccine to achieve that goal.
Biden said in September that he believed what scientists had said about a potential coronavirus vaccine, but did not believe Trump.
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“I trust vaccines, I trust scientists, but I don’t trust Donald Trump,” Biden said, “and at this point, the American people can’t.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report