Members of the Republican Party this week slammed the Democratic White House ticket for implying that President Donald Trump’s push to accelerate the release of a coronavirus vaccine makes it unsafe.
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and his running mate, California Sen. Kamala Harris, have both said that a coronavirus vaccine is vital, but both have also made comments suggesting that the Trump administration’s push to get one approved quickly is a cause for concern.
"The fact that they refuse to say 'yes, I will take the vaccine,' when public health experts have already said it is untainted by politics is reckless and wrong," the Trump campaign said in a press release earlier this week, according to Fox News.
Harris told CNN earlier this month that she “will not take [Trump’s] word” on a coronavirus vaccine. And although Biden said later that Trump is undermining confidence in a vaccine, he did say he would take one if it were available tomorrow.
"As part of our Commitment to America, House Republicans have a clear plan to work with President Trump to defeat the virus and keep America healthy by rapid COVID testing, developing a safe and effective vaccine, and modernizing our medical stockpile," said House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., in a statement. "Contrast that actionable agenda with Democrats' irresponsible plans: Joe Biden wants to shut the economy down, Kamala Harris is dangerously sowing doubt -- without evidence -- about the promise of a vaccine, and Speaker Pelosi continues to push her liberal wishlist legislation that mentions 'cannabis' more than it mentions 'jobs.'"
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