Joe Biden has accused Donald Trump and the White House of speeding up the coronavirus vaccine for political purposes, adding the American people should not trust the administration.
This accusation, which has been made multiple times but the Democratic president candidate amid the coronavirus pandemic, was said again during a town hall on Wednesday.
“I trust vaccines, I trust scientists, but I don’t trust Donald Trump. And at this moment, the American people can’t either,” Mr Biden said.
“Scientific breakthroughs don’t care about calendars any more than the virus does," he added. "They certainly don’t adhere to election cycles. And their timing, their approval, and their distribution should never, ever be distorted by political considerations."
A reporter asked Mr Biden why they public should trust him if he were elected, as he has consistently said for voters not to trust the sitting president when it comes to the pandemic.
“I’m saying trust the scientists. Trust the scientists," he said. “It’s one thing for Donald Trump to say the vaccine is safe. OK. Then give it to the board of scientists. Have total transparency.”
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