Vice President Kamala Harris got the ball rolling on the politicization of COVID-19 vaccines when she said in her only vice-presidential debate that she would not roll up her sleeves to take the coup approved by regulators under the Trump administration Chris Christie, the former governor of New Jersey, said.
“It put us in a whole different area that allowed for its politicization and that politicization is only going on now,” he told ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday.
President Biden recently announced a new mandate to get more Americans to sign up to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, as an estimated 80 million people nationwide have refused to voluntarily sign up for the shooting. One of the main reasons is that people are skeptical about the potential side effects and their effectiveness.
Harris, in October, used the coronavirus outbreak and the federal government’s response as an example of what she identified as the shortcomings of the Trump administration. She said she would be skeptical of former President Trump’s involvement in any vaccine deployment.
“If the public health professionals, if Dr. Fauci, if the doctors tell us we should take it, I’ll be the first to take it, absolutely,” Harris said. “But if Donald Trump tells us we should take it, I don’t take it,” she said.
Critics said the comment had cast doubt on Americans’ minds and the issue suddenly became political. Her supporters say Trump was cavalier about the virus and it was right that she had legitimate doubts.
Former Vice President Mike Pence, who was interviewed on Fox News’ “Life, Liberty & Levin”, told host Mark Levin that Harris and the other Democrats should “stop playing politics with him. people’s lives by undermining confidence in a safe and effective vaccine. “
Pence said Trump tried to speed up the vaccine through initiatives such as Operation Warp Speed, but said no corners have been cut when it comes to safety. He said any vaccine that is made public will be vetted and approved by several agencies, including the Food and Drug Administration.
“So to have Kamala Harris say two, three times in a row that she would refuse to take the vaccine that was produced under the Trump administration,” is unacceptable, he said.
Harris’s office did not immediately respond to an after-hours email from Fox News.
Politifact reported that a month before the debate Harris was asked if she would accept the vaccine and she replied, “Well I think it’s going to be a problem for all of us. I will say I wouldn’t trust it. to Donald Trump. And it would have to be a credible source of information that talks about the effectiveness and reliability of whatever he’s talking about. I won’t take his word for it. He wants us to inject water. bleach. I – no, I won’t take him at his word. “
The report pointed out that Biden even questioned any vaccine delivered during the Trump years.
“Look what happened. Huge pressure on the CDC not to release the detailed guidelines. Huge pressure on the FDA to say that they are going, that the next protocol is actually going to reduce, that will have a giant impact on COVID. All of these things turn out to be wrong, and when a president keeps cheating and lying, when we finally have, God willing, get us vaccinated, who is going to get vaccinated? Who will shoot? Are you going to be the first to say, “Put me on, sign me up, they say now everything is fine”? I am not facetious. “
Biden and Harris have been major supporters of the vaccine.
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“My message to unvaccinated Americans is, what more to look forward to? What more do you need to see? We have made vaccinations free, safe and convenient. The vaccine is approved by the FDA. Over 200 million Americans have received at least We have been patient, but our patience is running out and the denial has cost us all, ”Biden said at a press conference Thursday.