President Trump on Wednesday slammed Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden for saying he distrusts potential COVID-19 vaccines.
“I’m calling on Biden to stop promoting his anti-vaccine theories because all they’re doing is hurting the importance of what we’re doing,” Trump said at a White House press briefing.
“They’re recklessly endangering lives. You can’t do that… and that’s only because they know we have it, or we will soon have it.”
Biden said at a Wednesday press conference he doubts the efficacy of any vaccine if there isn’t robust independent scientific oversight of the approval process.
“We’ll be able to distribute at least 100 million vaccine doses by the end of 2020 and a large number much sooner than that,” Trump said at the briefing.
“He said that we don’t have a distribution plan, but we do indeed,” Trump said. “Biden acted as though there was no distribution plan and we’ve been working on this for months.”
Trump said “it’s a great plan, and it’s a plan like no other. And we can start doing it, I believe, the day that we come up with a vaccine.”
“Biden was saying that, oh he’s gonna have a plan — they did so bad on swine flu, you wouldn’t even believe it, take a look at their record on swine flu.”
The Trump administration plan calls for rapid distribution of a vaccine free of cost and anticipates two doses administered 21 to 28 days apart. Health care workers and vulnerable people would be prioritized in the first wave.
States and local communities will need to devise precise plans for receiving and locally distributing vaccines, some of which will require special handling such as refrigeration or freezing. States and cities have a month to submit plans.
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