Ivanka Trump is stepping up to promote Covid-19 vaccines.
The presidential advisor had a snappy comeback to “The View” co-host Joy Behar. According to ET Canada, Behar scoffed Wednesday that President Trump is putting election politics over vaccine science.
“He will push anything to get re-elected. Don’t fall for it,” Behar reportedly said. “And by the way, I will take the vaccine after Ivanka takes it.”
On Thursday, Trump tweeted, “Deal @JoyVBehar. 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.”
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is charged with guaranteeing the safety of pharmaceutical drugs and vaccines. FDA officials have said they are willing to authorize a coronavirus vaccine before developers finish clinical trials, Fox News reported.
The discussion on “The View” came after pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca announced it was halting its vaccine trial due to adverse effects in one person. The company is working with Oxford University researchers to develop the vaccine. A Reuters report suggested the issue was a spinal cord problem that could be linked to multiple sclerosis.
The government has offered conflicting messages about the timeline for a vaccine. At a Monday press conference, President Trump told reporters one may be available before the election.
“We’re going to have a vaccine very soon, maybe even before a very special date,” Trump said. “You know what date I’m talking about.”
However, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Dr. Anthony Fauci said Tuesday a vaccine may be ready by the end of 2020, but not by November. According to CNBC, Fauci told a health research conference that late-stage vaccine trials are still ongoing.
“It’s unlikely we’ll have a definitive answer” by the November 3 election, he said.
Some have accused the Trump administration of pushing for a vaccine before election day in order to re-elect the president, as Forbes has noted. But the White House denies that the Trump administration has made any plans to speed up the vaccine process.