Biden slams White House's Covid promises: 'I trust vaccines,' not Trump
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Joe Biden on Wednesday said he doesn’t trust President Donald Trump to safely oversee the federal government’s approval and dissemination of a Covid-19 vaccine.
"I trust vaccines, I trust scientists, but I don’t trust Donald Trump," Biden said during a speech in Wilmington, Delaware.
Trump has repeatedly pledged to "produce a vaccine in record time," and has suggested that one could be ready shortly before Election Day. That prediction has contradicted the timeline that many health experts have said is realistic.
Several vaccine candidates have entered the final stage of testing in the U.S. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said earlier this month that states should begin preparing for a "large-scale" distribution of Covid-19 vaccines by Nov. 1 — two days before the presidential election — while the head of the Food and Drug Administration has raised the possibility the agency could use its emergency authority to quickly approve a vaccine before clinical trials end. Those directives have led numerous Trump critics to question whether they were made because of political interference by the White House.
Earlier Wednesday, the director of the CDC said coronavirus vaccines won’t be widely available until mid-2021.
Biden on Wednesday repeated his message that "we can’t allow politics to interfere with the vaccine in any way" and pointed to dubious statements Trump has made in the past that are not backed up by science.
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