- Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden sounded the alarm Wednesday on the American public’s confidence in a potential coronavirus vaccine.
- At a press conference in Delaware, Biden responded to a question about President Donald Trump’s response to the pandemic by expressing concern about the president’s pattern of spreading false and misleading information about COVID-19.
- “Why do we think, God willing, when we get a vaccine — that is good, works — why do we think the public is gonna line up to be willing to take the injection?” Biden asked.
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In a speech and press conference ostensibly on reopening schools, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden sounded a dire warning on a potential COVID-19 vaccine.
Biden, in response to a last-minute question from Fox News reporter Peter Doocy, said President Donald Trump’s repeated misstatements and dismissal of the coronavirus have eroded American confidence in government, which could spell trouble for a vaccine rollout.
“Why do we think, God willing, when we get a vaccine — that is good, works — why do we think the public is gonna line up to be willing to take the injection?” Biden asked. “We’ve lost so much confidence, the American people, in what’s said [by the Trump administration].”
“This president has said so many things that are untrue, that are just wrong.”
Several vaccines around the world are in stage three trials, meaning they can be given to thousands of people to test for any unexpected or potentially harmful side effects before going into widespread distribution.
Recent polling shows that not even half of Americans would get a COVID-19 vaccine if it were to become immediately available.
Biden’s concerns come amid the CDC telling states to “prepare for a potential vaccine” by November, with the election falling on Nov. 3.