- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 10, 2020

Ivanka Trump fired back Thursday after “The View” co-host Joy Behar dared the first daughter to be the first to take a potential coronavirus vaccine.

During Wednesday’s broadcast on ABC, Ms. Behar questioned the safety of a coronavirus vaccine that President Trump said could be coming soon.

“He will push anything to get reelected. Don’t fall for it,” Ms. Behar said. “And by the way, I will take the vaccine after Ivanka takes it.”

Ms. Trump, an adviser to the president, said Americans should trust the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which will be tasked with approving a vaccine.

“Deal @JoyVBehar,” Ms. Trump tweeted. “I would come on your show to do so. I trust the FDA and so should all Americans. Vanquishing this virus should be our collective top priority.”



Her tweet came the same day a poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation revealed 62% of Americans believe political pressure from the Trump administration will cause the FDA to rush a vaccine approval before Election Day on Nov. 3.

The president said Monday that a vaccine could be delivered by October and that it would be “very safe and effective.”

Ms. Behar said she’s doubtful.

“As far as the vaccine is concerned, I’d like to inform America, in case we don’t know this because I looked all this up for you, the mumps vaccine took four years, the polio vaccine took 20 years and the smallpox vaccine took a few centuries,” she said. “It was developed initially in 1796, so they started to think about it, and it became useful in the 1950s. OK? It’s not a simple thing to do.”

Co-host Sunny Hostin argued the FDA had been “politicized,” and that Black people would not be lining up for a vaccine produced under the Trump administration.

“The Black community are — makes up the vast majority of the frontline workers, of the essential workers,” she said. “So they need the vaccine, but they are 40% less likely to take that vaccine because they don’t have trust in it.”

Ms. Hostin said widespread skepticism of vaccines in the Black community stems from the Tuskegee Experiment, a notorious U.S. clinical study on untreated syphilis in Black males that lasted for 40 years until it was shut down amid a public outcry in 1972.

“I was actually speaking to my good friend, Floyd, Black guy from law school and I said, ‘do you think you would take the vaccine if it became available?’” Ms. Hostin recalled. “He said, ‘I got one word for you: Tuskegee,’ and that really, really just struck me to my core because remember, that’s 40 years of, you know, human trials on Black people. I don’t think the Black community who needs it the most is even going to take the vaccine.”

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