House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, California, has confirmed that she will receive the coronavirus vaccine if approved, after some Democrats expressed concern that President Trump is rushing to approve it.
“I’m not a big fan of needles. I mean, it was hard for me to pierce my ears. I’m not a big fan of the needle, “she told reporters at a news conference.
“I mean, every year they have to persuade me to catch the flu, but if it’s a role model for other people, yes, I would take the vaccine if it’s approved on a regular basis.”
The speaker said the Trump administration wanted to bypass the third phase of tests that prove the safety of the vaccine, but said it trusted U.S. health officials and pharmaceutical companies to ensure safety and effectiveness.
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“I don̵7;t like the pressure the White House is putting on all of this, and the statement is, ‘Maybe we don’t need clinical trials, as usual, we can do it two instead of three,’ and all that,” she said.
Pelosi added: “Let me congratulate the scientists from the FDA, as well as some people from the CDC … who have been working there for a long time on the highest level of science that is now supported by the FDA working on this initiative.”
“Let it be science, not politics, and then people will have confidence in the product,” she said.
Meanwhile, the Democratic presidential ticket has been criticized for sowing fear of the coronavirus vaccine.
“We cannot allow politicians to interfere in any way with the vaccine,” Biden said last month. “Americans have had to endure President Trump’s incompetence and dishonesty when it comes to trials and personal protection. We cannot afford to repeat these fiascos when it comes to the vaccine, when it occurs. The stakes are too high. “
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“I trust vaccines. I trust scientists. I don’t trust Trump,” he said.
Although Biden said he trusted the vaccines, he added that “this administration must respond to reassure the American people that politics will play no role in the vaccination process.”
The remarks came after his partner in the case, Kamala Harris, sparked controversy, predicting that health experts “will be muzzled, they will be suppressed, they will be removed because [Trump’s] looking at the election, which is to take place in less than 60 days, and he grabs everything he can, pretending to be a leader in this matter when he did not.
Asked if she would get a hypothetical campaign vaccine, she said: “Well, I think it will be a problem for all of us. I will say I would not trust Donald Trump, and it should be a reliable source of information that speaks to the effectiveness and the reliability of what he says, I do not take him at his word. “
“I would like to see what the scientists have said,” Biden said in response to a question about whether he would accept the vaccine approved by the Trump administration. “I want full transparency about the vaccine. One of the problems is how he plays with politics. He says so many things that are not true, and I’m worried that if we have a really good vaccine, people will be reluctant to take it.”
At a news conference earlier this month, Trump promised enough doses of coronavirus vaccines for “every American” by April. He predicted that availability would begin in early October, in stark contrast to the much longer deadline proposed earlier that day by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Robert Redfield.
Redfield told a group of Senate deputies who do not expect the coronavirus vaccine to be widely available to the majority of the US population by the summer of 2021.
Dr. Anthony Foci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said he would rely on the coronavirus vaccine until November or December.
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“I would still invest my money in November / December,” he said during a congressional debate on the global pandemic at the Latin American Institute.