President Donald trump says the special team working to produce the coronavirus vaccine will have it ready in October, while the vice president Joe biden claimed he would inject himself against COVID-19, although that “cost him the elections.”
“We have done an incredible job and with a speed that nobody has seen before”said the Republican during a press conference at the White House. “This could have taken two or three years. Instead it will be done in a very short period of time. I could even have it during the month of October ”.
He again stated that the team ‘Operation Warp Speed’ works on the project and there will be results soon, although last week the co-director of that initiative, Moncef Slaoui, He told NPR that that possibility exists, but it is “very, very low.”
“There is a very, very low probability that the tests that are being carried out as we speak can be read before the end of October.”Slaoui said. “And so there could be, if all the other conditions required for an emergency use authorization are met… I think it’s highly unlikely, but not impossible. And therefore, it is the right thing to do, to be prepared just in case ”.
Under President Trump’s leadership, we are producing a Coronavirus vaccine in record time. pic.twitter.com/9GelgghzF0
– The White House (@WhiteHouse) September 7, 2020
The president criticized his electoral opponents, former vice president Biden and the senator Kamala harris (California) for questioning the effectiveness of the vaccine and stated that they are spreading “reckless rhetoric.”
“Biden and his very liberal running mate – the most liberal person in Congress, by the way, (who) is not a competent person, in my opinion, (who) would destroy this country… they should immediately apologize for the reckless anti-vaccine rhetoric they are talking about right now“Said the Republican.
Despite criticism from President Trump, former Vice President Biden said on Monday that he would apply a vaccine against COVID-19 as soon as it is released.
“If I could get a vaccination tomorrow, I would. If it cost me the elections, I would do it “Biden said on a field trip to Lancaster and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. “We need a vaccine and we need it now. As soon as we can get it. “
In an interview with CNN, Harris expressed his concern about speeding up a vaccine only to have it ready before the November 3 elections and feared that the scientists in charge would be “quiet” from the highest levels of government.
“They will be muzzled, they will be suppressed, they will be put aside,” Harris said. “Because (Trump) is watching an election in less than 60 days and he’s trying to get everything he can to pretend he’s been a leader on this issue when he’s not.”
While The United States exceeds 6.4 million infected people and accumulates more than 193,000 deaths, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) told state governments to be ready to begin distributing a vaccine on November 1.
Distrust of an approved “emergency” vaccine arises after President Trump has been questioned for his wrong decisions to address the pandemic, such as promoting hydroxychloroquine, an antimalarial drug, and announcing an “innovative treatment” with the use plasma, something that government scientists do not support one hundred percent.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), for example, issued an order authorizing the emergency use of the drug, but without tests or trials, something that was later retracted, after acknowledging that this drug has not been effective against the coronavirus.
There are also reports that the president lobbied the FDA director, Stephen Hahn, to support the use of plasma therapy.
Hahn had to apologize for “overstating” the effectiveness of such therapy based on misleading statistics to claim that one treatment would save 35 lives out of 100 people.
He Dr. Eric Topol, of the Scripps Translational Research Institute, was among those who were surprised by these claims.
“I cannot recall an FDA or commissioner error as serious as this one,” he told NPR.