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Trump Slams Biden and Accuses Him of Being a Coronavirus 'Anti-Vaxxer'

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Trump Slams Biden and Accuses Him of Being a Coronavirus 'Anti-Vaxxer'

2020-09-11 17:18:19

By Laura Tucker, Staff writer; Image: Donald Trump (Image source: Screenshot)

Donald Trump and Joe Biden have discovered a new thing to spar over: a potential coronavirus vaccine. The president is pushing to have a vaccine in place by the election for obvious reasons while the former vice president wants to be sure of its safety before its released.

Trump is casting Biden's comments, however, as if he is against vaccines. "Biden's launched a public campaign against the vaccine, which is so bad," he said. "We have some vaccines coming that are incredible."

There is a concerted push across the country to create a coronavirus vaccine as quickly as possible, from the United States to Russia to Britain to the World Health Organization.

There are currently nine possible candidates in trials right now for the U.S. One of them from Moderna is already in the process of making dosages so that if and when it's proven safe and is approved, it will be ready to go. Another, the Oxford vaccine, has just been shelved temporarily while possible side effects are examined.

Doctors and health experts are hoping at best for a vaccine to be ready by late this year, and if not, early to midway through next year.

"You don't want to have anything having to do with the political purposes being an anti-vaxxer," continued Trump.

An "anti-vaxxer" refers to a group of parents who are against early childhood vaccines. Primarily they are against what is called the MMR vaccine,  which protects against measles, mumps, and rubella. This movement believes the vaccine is linked to autism, though that is unproven.

"You don't want to be talking about the vaccines in a negative way, especially when you see the statistics that we're starting to see," said Trump. "They're incredible, actually. Biden's perfectly happy to endanger the lives of other people by doing something that he thinks is going to help him politically because his polls are getting very bad. They're getting very shaky."

As Trump made this comment, he was very close to Biden in battle states, while Biden carries a large lead, sometimes in double digits, in other states. Trump carries a lead in some states as well. Collectively, Biden has been leading Trump for several months. While a few points have reduced the margin, he's still leading.

The president's comments appear to refer to Biden's comments earlier in the week regarding Trump and the vaccine. He said on Monday that Trump has said "so many things that aren't true." He added that he's "worried if we do have a really good vaccine, people are going to be reluctant to take it. So he's undermining public confidence."

It's been said that when a vaccine is released, it will first be available to older people, health professionals and others on the front line, and people with underlying health conditions.

Biden, who falls in the age bracket, as does Trump, of being one of the first to get the vaccine, was asked if he would get it when it's available. "I would want to see what the scientists said," he replied. His running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), said she would not follow the advice of Trump alone, as she trusts "the world of public health experts and scientists."

What Trump seems to have missed is that Biden said, "If I could get a vaccine tomorrow, I'd do it," adding, "If it would cost me the election, I'd do it. We need a vaccine, and we need it now."

Trump suggested as well that Biden is politicizing the coronavirus pandemic. "He keeps talking about the pandemic," he issued.

Some would argue that's better than ignoring it. Journalist Bob Woodward released a book this week, "Rage," that showed Trump's comments behind the scenes about the coronavirus in 18 interviews with Woodward since the virus first showed up in the United States.

He admitted to it being airborne and that it could be deadly. He also revealed that he downplays the virus as he doesn't want to create a panic. To the public during this time, however, he was comparing it to the flu and insisting it would just go away sometime soon. 

Nearly 6.5 billion cases have been reported in the United States and more than 190,000 people have died from COVID-19.

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