The Citizen (KZN)

President hints at vaccine before poll

- Washington

– US President Donald Trump on Monday again hinted a coronaviru­s vaccine will be available before November’s election, as he accused his Democratic rivals for the White House of underminin­g public confidence in the immunisati­on.

His comments came days after vice presidenti­al nominee Kamala Harris said she would not take Trump’s word on the safety and efficacy of an antivirus vaccine, if one were ready before the US presidenti­al vote.

Trump faces intense pressure to curb the contagion that has clouded his reelection prospects, sparking worries his administra­tion could rush vaccine research to fit a political timetable.

Biden also weighed in on Monday, saying he wanted transparen­cy and scientific facts on any future vaccine.

“I’m worried if we do have a really good vaccine, people are going to be reluctant to take it. So he’s underminin­g public confidence.”

Trump, who is behind in national polls, fired back saying his rivals in the 3 November vote had both delivered “reckless antivaccin­e rhetoric”.

“It’s so dangerous what they say,” Trump said.

“The vaccine will be very safe and effective.”

A shot to protect against the virus that has killed more than 189 000 in the US has become another flashpoint ahead of polling day.

“We’re going to have a vaccine very soon, maybe even before a very special date,” Trump said. – AFP

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