Trump labels Biden-Harris as 'anti-vaccine' after he sets October deadline, Internet calls him 'an idiot'
Trump said, 'the vaccine will be very safe and very effective and it could be delivered very soon'
President Donald Trump held a press conference from the White House on September 7 and as expected he didn’t mince words while talking about his Democratic opponents — presidential candidate Joe Biden and his running mate Kamala Harris. “Biden and his very liberal running mate, the most liberal person in Congress by the way — is not a competent person in my opinion, would destroy this country and would destroy this economy — should immediately apologize for the reckless anti-vaccine rhetoric that they are talking right now," according to a Reuters report.
This statement is a reference to Harris’ doubts about the effectiveness of a coronavirus vaccine without top health officials' approval. Trump said, "It undermines science, and what happens is all of a sudden you'll have this incredible vaccine and because of that fake rhetoric, it's a political rhetoric... that's all that is."
Speaking to CNN, Harris had said, "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." This was in response to a question about Trump’s claim of a safe vaccine under his leadership. The report quoted Trump as saying, “It's going to be — it's going to be done in a very short period of time. Could even have it during the month of October."
He added, "Contrary to all of the lies, the vaccine — they're political lies, they'll say anything, and it's so dangerous for our country, what they say -- but the vaccine will be very safe and very effective and it could be delivered very soon. You could have a very big surprise coming up."
However, according to a recent report on CNN, a federal official said it is unlikely that a vaccine will be ready by Election Day in America. The official told CNN, "I don't know any scientist involved in this effort who thinks we will be getting shots into arms any time before Election Day." Moncef Slaoui, chief adviser for the coronavirus vaccine development program, Operation Warp Speed – an initiative by the Trump administration to facilitate and accelerate the development and distribution of Covid-19 vaccines – during an interview with NPR was asked, “How real is that timing? Late October would be the end of next month."
He had said, "Well, it's a matter of planning, and the operation has been performing, I have to say, very, very well up to now, even better than I was hoping. There is a very, very low chance that the trials that are running as we speak could read before the end of October, and therefore there could be — if all other conditions required for an emergency use authorization are met and approved. I think it's extremely unlikely but not impossible, and therefore it's the right thing to do to be prepared in case."
When further prodded by the interviewer "You're saying it is possible but very unlikely that there will be any kind of vaccine ready to distribute by the end of October, start of November. Am I hearing that right?," Slaoui said, “Yes, it's possibility but very unlikely."
Even Dr Larry Corey, who's leading a group set up by the National Institutes of Health to work on coronavirus vaccines, said he doesn't think a vaccine will be available by Election Day. He told CNN, "I would agree with Dr Slaoui. The chances are very low, very remote."
Now, after Trump’s claims of a vaccine and calling Harris' opinion as "anti-vaccine rhetoric", Twitter also started discussing the matter. One user said, "Kamala Harris isn't the ONLY person who is leery of the vaccine trump is trying to rush to market too soon. I won't be taking that sh•t until long AFTER people stop dying from taking a faulty vaccine."
Kamala Harris isn't the ONLY person who is leery of the vaccine trump is trying to rush to market too soon.— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@mmpadellan) September 7, 2020
I won't be taking that shit until long AFTER people stop dying from taking a faulty vaccine.
Another said, "Trump says we 'test too much', but then brags that were' “#1 in testing!' He says the virus is going away, but brags about an upcoming vaccine. Why do we need a vaccine if the virus is going away genius? He’s such an idiot."
Trump says we “test too much,” but then brags that we’re “#1 in testing!” He says the virus is going away, but brags about an upcoming vaccine. Why do we need a vaccine if the virus is going away genius? He’s such an idiot.— Soup🥣QueenJayCee84 (@FedupMama84) September 8, 2020
One commented, "So Trump calls Biden-Harris anti science and that they don’t believe in vaccines. Meanwhile half of Trump base is moms against vaccines and science."
So trump calls Biden-Harris anti science and that they don’t believe in vaccines.— 🕷🕸 (@spirtualhappy01) September 8, 2020
Meanwhile half of Trump base is moms against vaccines and science. pic.twitter.com/XnuOXFFNWo
A user stated, "Rushing a vaccine purely for political reasons? How shameful. But Trump has no shame."
Rushing a vaccine purely for political reasons? How shameful. But Trump has no shame.— David (@jacobnhls) September 8, 2020
Another user mockingly said, "Trump says a vaccine will be here in October. In other news my summer bod for 2015 should be arriving any day now."
Trump says a vaccine will be here in October. In other news my summer 'bod for 2015 should be arriving any day now— Serf Johnson 🍏 (@JohnsonSerf) September 8, 2020