- The Washington Times - Sunday, September 6, 2020

Democratic presidential nominee Joseph R. Biden’s team is not eager to take any coronavirus vaccine that would be distributed before the November election, saying its distrust of President Trump is overriding.

Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala D. Harris balked when asked by CNN about whether she would take a coronavirus vaccine if one materialized before the election.

“Let’s just say there’s a vaccine that is approved and even distributed before the election, would you get it?” CNN personality Dana Bash asked of Ms. Harris.

“Well, I think that’s going to be an issue for all of us,” Ms. Harris answered in an interview that aired Sunday.

“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,” she said.

“I will not take his word for it — he wants us to inject bleach,” she concluded.

A top Biden campaign official similarly dodged questions about whether Mr. Biden himself would take any vaccine, when pressed Sunday.

Top Biden campaign adviser Symone Sanders avoided directly answering questions about whether the presumptive Democratic nominee would take a vaccine if it became available before November.

“Will Joe Biden get the vaccine if it’s available?” asked Bret Baier of Fox News.

“Well look, Bret, again, as I just noted, first and foremost, I think folks have asked, we’ve had conversations about testing, right?” Ms. Sanders answered. “And as folks know now, Vice President Biden and Sen. Harris are being regularly tested. But first and foremost, at the top of the mind for Vice President Biden is: Are the American people getting what they need?”

While the Biden campaign is reluctant to discuss any potential vaccine, it has been much more forceful about wearing face masks to help slow the spread of the coronavirus outbreak.

Mr. Biden has said he would support a nationwide mask mandate nationwide and tweeted on Sunday a video of himself calling on Americans to wear masks to protect their neighbors.

“Be a patriot. Wear a mask,” Mr. Biden tweeted alongside a video featuring him not wearing a mask.

• Ryan Lovelace can be reached at rlovelace@washingtontimes.com.

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