New Flashpoint in the 2020 Campaign: COVID Vaccine

Trump says Biden, Harris must apologize for 'anti-vaccine rhetoric'
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 8, 2020 1:18 AM CDT
Updated Sep 8, 2020 6:53 AM CDT

(Newser) – President Trump on Monday used the term "anti-vaccine" to describe his Election 2020 opponent and his running mate after they remarked on whether or not they'd get a coronavirus vaccine if one becomes available before the election. Here's what went down, per NBC News and the Hill:

  • Kamala Harris: On Sunday, the Democratic vice presidential nominee said on CNN's State of the Union, in response to the question of whether she would trust a vaccine Trump claimed to be effective, "There's very little that we can trust that can comes out of Donald Trump's mouth." She said the president "has created false expectations for the American people and American families" and has prioritized whatever is "politically expedient" over public health. "And so, no, I would not trust his word. I would trust the word of public health experts and scientists," she concluded, before noting she believes such experts might be "muzzled," "suppressed," and "sidelined." "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 said.

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