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With just weeks to go until Election Day, Democrat Joe Biden clapped back at Donald Trump over Trump’s criticism that Biden’s anti-vaccine in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
There have been more than 6.6 million cases of COVID-19 reported in the United States, including more than 196,000 deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Biden attracted Trump’s ire earlier this month when the Democratic former vice president challenged Trump’s assertion that a vaccine for the novel coronavirus would be available to Americans before Election Day.
“I’m calling on Biden to stop promoting his anti-vaccine theories because all they’re doing is hurting the importance of what we’re doing,” Trump said. “And I know that if they were in this position, they would be saying how wonderful it is. They’re recklessly endangering lives, you can’t do that. And again, this is really a case that they’re only talking — they just started talking a little bit negatively and that’s only because they know we have it, or we will soon have it, and the answer to that is very soon.”
However, it hasn’t been just Biden but other key researchers who questioned Trump’s rosy timetable.
In response, Biden made clear that it wasn’t vaccines that he questioned but Trump’s word on the subject.
“So let me be clear: I trust vaccines, I trust the scientists, but I don’t trust Donald Trump. And at this moment, the American people can’t, either,” Biden said from Wilmington, Del. Wednesday. “Last week, Sen. [Kamala] Harris and I laid out three questions this administration is going to have to answer to assure the American people that politics will not play a role whatsoever in the vaccine process.
“If Donald Trump can’t give answers and his administration can’t give answers to these three questions, the American people should not have confidence,” Biden added. “But if they can, they should have confidence in the transparency, they need to trust a vaccine and adopt it in numbers that will make a difference.”
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