In an interview with Fox News’s Mark Levin on Sunday, Vice President Mike Pence said that Joe Biden and Kamala Harris should be ashamed of themselves for sowing seeds of doubt about an impending COVID-19 vaccine.
Both Harris and Pence have said in recent weeks that they would not “trust” President Donald Trump in terms of the safety and validity of a vaccine, and critics have said that the Democrats’ rhetoric has led to widespread skepticism about the administration’s handling of the research and development of the vaccine.
Pence told Levin that Biden and Harris need to “stop playing politics with people’s lives by undermining confidence in a safe and effective vaccine.”
Pence acknowledged that Trump has done everything in his power to get the vaccine created as quickly as possible, but he denied that any corners would be cut on the way to delivering the medication to the public.
“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 unconscionable,” Pence said.
Harris spoke about her vaccine doubts at the vice-presidential debate earlier this month.
“If public health professionals, if Dr. Fauci, if the doctors tell us that we should take it, I’ll be the first in line to take it, absolutely,” she said. “But if Donald Trump tells us that we should take it, I’m not taking it.”
Biden took a similar line at the first debate, where he said, “In terms of the whole notion of a vaccine, we’re for a vaccine, but I don’t trust [Trump] at all. What we trust is a scientist.”
These attacks drew condemnation even from the Democrat side of the aisle.
In a Washington Post column, writer Meghan McArdle – no Republican by a long shot – said that Biden and Harris were shooting themselves in the foot with this public rhetoric.
“Biden and Harris are only voicing worries the Democratic base already had — a declining fraction of Americans say they’ll take a vaccine immediately, thanks largely to concerns about the approval process,” McArdle wrote. “But that’s precisely why politicians such as Biden and Harris must reassure them. If they don’t, the fear will linger long after the election — either because Trump wins, or because he loses, but people remember that his FDA oversaw the vaccine trials.”
Put plainly, it’s terribly irresponsible to politicize the vaccine that could (finally) deliver us from this pandemic and set us on the road to a national recovery. For Biden and Harris to turn this into just another thing to attack Trump on proves that they do not deserve to be in charge of our country.