Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris is warning people not to accept any coronavirus vaccine ahead of Election Day. According to her, the timing surrounding the release of the vaccine would be political in nature and could help President Trump’s chances of being re-elected.
During an interview with CNN set to air Sunday evening, Harris said she believes such a vaccine would not be effective and that Trump would silence doctors and others in the medical community who would speak out against it.
“If past is a prologue that they will not. 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,” she said, as the Hill reports.
“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 continued.
“I will not take his word for it,” she added.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer similarly portrayed the Trump administration as untrustworthy, claiming a potential vaccine could be politically advantageous.
“Too much of the evidence points to the Trump administration pressuring the [Food and Drug Administration] to approve a vaccine by Election Day to boost the President’s re-election campaign,” he said per the report.
“All Americans want a safe and effective vaccine as soon as possible, but if these important life and death decisions appear political, it will only undermine Americans’ confidence in a vaccine and prolong the pandemic,” he said, although his and Harris’ remarks seem to make a potential vaccine “appear political.”
The Trump campaign quickly responded, claiming the Democratic ticket “could actually kill people” by encouraging them not to accept a vaccine.
Both Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are using dangerous rhetoric to scare people away from a vaccine when it’s ready.
Their hatred of President Trump could actually kill people. https://t.co/gWVCw3pO7z
— Tim Murtaugh – Download the Trump 2020 app today! (@TimMurtaugh) September 6, 2020