Biden’s statement follows positive development regarding Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine candidate, which has an efficacy rate of 94.5%, and the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, which showed more than 90% effectiveness.
While Biden has said he would be willing to take a vaccine approved by regulatory authorities, other Democrats have taken a partisan stance on a vaccine. Take Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), who said, “I would like to say FDA approved and CDC recommended, but given how those two agencies have gotten screwed up by President Trump, there is an asterisk by that. Unfortunately, they aren’t the gold standard any longer, so you need to take a slightly closer look.”
Echoing Whitehouse, Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) said “Assuming the FDA process is free of FDA interference, that is a big assumption that should be unnecessary even to state, but I have confidence that thorough clinical testing combined with objective and independent assessment by the FDA will yield a vaccine that is safe and effective.”