Washington – The prospect of a vaccine to protect Americans from the coronavirus emerged Monday as a controversial topic in the White House race after President Donald Trump accused Democrats of “disparaging” for political expediency a vaccine that he has repeatedly said that it could be available before the presidential election scheduled for November.
“It is very dangerous for the country, what they say, but the vaccine will be very safe and very effective,” promised the president during a press conference at the White House.
Trump made the accusation a day after Senator Kamala Harris, the Democratic vice presidential candidate, said she “wouldn’t take her word for it” about having the vaccine ready. “I would take the word of public health experts and scientists, but not Donald Trump,” Harris said.RELATED
Joe Biden, the Democratic presidential candidate, amplified Harris’s comments Monday after he was asked if he would get vaccinated against COVID-19. Biden replied that he would get vaccin ated “tomorrow,” but he needs to see what the scientists have to say.
The former vice president noted that Trump has said “many things that are not true. I am concerned that if we have a really good vaccine, people will be reluctant to get vaccinated. So it is undermining public confidence. “
“If I could get vaccinated tomorrow, I would. If I had a hard time choosing, I would. We need a vaccine and we need it now, ”he added.
The back and forth surrounding the coronavirus vaccine unfolded as candidates visited different parts of the country during the Labor Day holiday, which marks the start of the two-month race toward elections. Harris and Vice President Mike Pence held campaign rallies in Wisconsin, while Biden traveled to Pennsylvania. Trump added the press conference to his calendar, which was initially blank.
Harris commented during an interview with CNN broadcast on Sunday that he would not trust a coronavirus vaccine if one were ready by the end of the year because “there are very few things that come out of Donald Trump’s mouth that we can trust.” . He argued that scientists would be “muzzled” because Trump is focused on being reelected.
Trump dismissed their comments, calling it “reckless anti-vaccine rhetoric” that was designed to detract from the effort to quickly come up with a vaccine for the disease that has killed nearly 190,000 Americans and infected more than 6 million. according to the Johns Hopkins University count.
“He’s talking about belittling a vaccine so that people don’t think the achievement is a great achievement,” Trump said, answering reporters’ questions while standing in front of a lectern placed at the front door of the White House.
“They will say anything,” he said.