Democratic vice-presidential candidate Kamala Harris said in an interview expected to air Sunday that she would not trust President Trump’s word about the effectiveness of a coronavirus vaccine.
Harris expressed concern that health care professionals would not be the ones who would validate a vaccine if it were postponed before the November 3rd election.
“[T]They will be silenced, they will be oppressed, they will go broke because he is looking at an election in less than 60 days and he is reaching out for whatever he can get to pretend he is a leader on this issue, if it’s not him, ”Harris said during the CNN interview.
“I will say that I would not trust Donald Trump and it would have to be a credible source of information that speaks about the effectiveness and reliability of what he is talking about,”
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A CNN article earlier this week surfaced reports from representatives of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that they were under pressure to produce a vaccine as soon as possible. The Trump administration also urged states to prepare vaccine dispensaries by November 1 – even though the FDA has not yet approved a vaccine.
“This first deployment schedule in late October is deeply worrying in terms of public health politicization and potential safety implications,” infection prevention epidemiologist Saskia Popescu told the New York Times earlier this week.
A letter from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) asked states to consider “waiver requirements” that could prevent vaccine distribution facilities from being fully operational by Nov. 1, the Wall Street Journal reported. The move is a growing concern for health professionals as the vaccine has not yet completed phase three clinical trials.
FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn was also fired on during a press conference with Trump last week for information on an experimental coronavirus therapy solution using blood plasma.
Hahn said the new therapy could have saved 35 out of 100 people who died from the coronvairus. However, the statement turned out to be incorrect because it did not evaluate the variables of the entire study. Even so, it has become a talking point for the Trump administration.
Hahn said in a Bloomberg interview after the press rep that he should have been more careful.
“I tried to do what I do to patients because often patients understand things absolutely and relatively,” he said.
“What I wanted to achieve is that in 100 high-titer patients and 100 low-titer patients, the difference between these two particular subsets of patients with these specific criteria was a 35% reduction in mortality,” Hahn explained. “So did I honestly didn’t explain that well. “
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Trump has repeatedly said he thinks a vaccination will be released before the end of the year and possibly by the end of October – just days before Americans go to the general election.
“It will be delivered before the end of the year in my opinion, but it could even be delivered before the end of October,” Trump said during a rally on Thursday. “How do you like that? Wouldn’t that be nice? And you know why? Not because of the choice. It would be nice because we want to save people.”
Despite concerns from opponents of Trump and some health experts, Dr. Anthony Fauci, an infectious disease expert who is a member of the White House’s Coronavirus Task Force, told Kaiser Health News earlier this week that Phase Three clinical trials had the potential to end sooner than expected should the trials take place Results prove to be overwhelmingly positive.
Fauci told the publication that the Data and Safety Monitoring Board could say, “The data is so good right now that it can be said to be safe and effective.”
The nation’s leading infectious disease doctor said the board had a “moral obligation” to stop the study if the results were significant.
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“When making a decision about the vaccine you should be sure that you have very good evidence that it is both safe and effective,” said Fauci.
“I’m not worried about political pressure,” he added.
Even if a vaccine were safely distributed to states across the country, a third of Americans said they would refuse vaccination even if it were readily available – another obstacle to fighting the coronavirus.