Vice President Mike Pence and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), the Democratic vice presidential nominee, sparred over a potential coronavirus vaccine during Wednesday night’s vice presidential debate.
Harris, who in the past has wavered about whether she would take a vaccine approved under the Trump administration’s watch, said if medical experts, like Dr. Anthony Fauci, sign off on a candidate, “I’ll be the first in line to take it.” But she clarified if President Trump “tells us to take it, them I’m not taking it.”
“If Dr. Fauci…tells us that we should take [a COVID-19 vaccine], I’ll be the first in line to take it,” Sen. Kamala Harris says of a potential vaccine approval during the Trump administration. “But if Donald Trump tells us I should take it, then I’m not taking it.” pic.twitter.com/TvEMJ6lXD9
— CBS Evening News (@CBSEveningNews) October 8, 2020
Pence chose to respond to Harris’ remarks when asked a separate question, accusing her of continuing to “undermine public confidence in a vaccine,” which he said was “unconscionable.” He then asked the senator to “stop playing politics with people’s lives” before reiterating the White House’s belief that a vaccine will be approved by the Food and Drug Administration by the end of the year.
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