Editor’s note: The original version of this article and headline incorrectly stated that Harris said she would refuse to take a coronavirus vaccine before election day. Harris said suggested she would not solely take Trump’s word on the vaccine. We regret the error and have since corrected it.
Democratic vice-presidential nominee and California Sen. Kamala Harris is no stranger to embarrassing herself, but in a new video she took it to the extreme.
The senator was accused by some on Twitter of promoting a conspiracy theory that could have deadly effects for many, The Blaze reported.
In an interview with CNN host Dana Bash, Harris said that she would not take the coronavirus vaccine if it were released before to the election.
Kamala Harris on whether she'd trust a coronavirus vaccine endorsed by Trump (but not reputable public health experts): "He wants us to inject bleach. No, I will not take his word." pic.twitter.com/GKMKaHBiLR
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) September 6, 2020
“Let’s just say there is a vaccine that is approved and even distributed before the election. Would you get it?” Bash said.
“Well, I think that’s gonna be an issue for all of us. I will say that I would not trust Donald Trump, and it would have to be a credible source of information that talks about the efficacy and the reliability of whatever he’s talking about. I will not take his word for it,” she said.
She said that scientists would “be muzzled, they’ll be suppressed, they will be sidelined, because [Trump is] looking at an election coming up in less than 60 days, and he’s grasping for whatever he can get to pretend that he’s been a leader on this issue when he’s not.”
The fact is that she is the one who is placing politics above the safety of humanity because she does not want President Donald Trump to get credit.
— Carmine Sabia (@CarmineSabia) September 5, 2020
And here is Kamala Harris spreading a dangerous conspiracy theory about a potential coronavirus vaccine https://t.co/oNE8107Kgz
— Jake Schneider (@jacobkschneider) September 5, 2020
Kamala believes Jussie Smollett and not the FDA and the scientists. https://t.co/cMKl0gcK6J
— Comfortably Smug (@ComfortablySmug) September 5, 2020
The president has no say in how a vaccine is made or when the vaccine is given to Americans. You would think the self-proclaimed party of science would be aware of that.
But her statement comes the same week that it was reported that a vaccine could be set by the beginning of November, Fox News reported.
A coronavirus vaccine could be ready for distribution as early as October or November, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has told state officials, according to reports.
The vaccine would first be distributed to health care workers and those at higher risk, the CDC documents said, according to The New York Times.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, has said publicly that vaccine trials could end early if the results are overwhelmingly positive.
Two ongoing clinical trials are on track to conclude at the end of this year but Fauci said an independent board has the authority and “moral obligation” to end the trial early and distribute it to accelerate distribution if the results are good, according to Kaiser Health News.
That is the nation’s top infectious disease expert, Dr. Fauci, who, for months, Democrats and the media have told everyone to listen to.
But now that he is saying a vaccine could come early if the results are overwhelmingly positive the naysayers are coming in force.
“This timeline of the initial deployment at the end of October is deeply worrisome for the politicization of public health and the potential safety ramifications,” infection prevention epidemiologist Saskia Popescu said. “It’s hard not to see this as a push for a pre-election vaccine.”
“The timeline that’s reported seems a bit ambitious to me. October’s like 30 days away,” Baylor College of Medicine emergency medical physician Dr. Cedric Dark said.
No one should want a vaccine that is not safe or effective. But to knock a vaccine in advance for political gain is shameful and that is what Democrats and the media are doing.