Senator and Democratic Vice Presidential Nominee Kamala Harris said that President Trump’s word alone on any potential coronavirus vaccine isn’t enough, adding, ‘I will not take his word for it.’
On Thursday, CNN reported that Trump has been pressuring administration health officials to expedite the vaccine’s development to convince voters of an impending end to the pandemic.
In an exclusive interview clip released Saturday on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Harris was asked by CNN’s Dana Bash if she would get a vaccine approved and distributed before the election. Harris replied, “Well, I think that’s going to be an issue for all of us.”
“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.
When asked by Bash whether she thought that medical experts and scientists would get the last word on the vaccine’s efficiency, Harris predicted that they would not.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said he would get a Covid-19 vaccination once a vaccine becomes safe, effective, and available.
“I will look at the data and I would assume — and I’m pretty sure it’s going to be the case — that a vaccine would not be approved for the American public unless it was indeed both safe and effective,” Fauci told CNN’s Jim Sciutto on Thursday.
When Bash asked Harris in the interview if she feels at ease hearing those assurances from Fauci, she stated that the doctor has for years “put the public health of the American people as the highest priority in terms of his work, and his reputation and his priority.”
“Yes. I trust Dr. Fauci,” Harris further addressed the question. She emphasized that she “would trust the word of public health experts and scientists, but not Donald Trump.”