FACT SHEET: Trump’s Politicization Of COVID-19 Vaccine Development
September 16, 2020
A majority of voters don’t trust Trump’s comments on a coronavirus vaccine because he has repeatedly politicized vaccine development and contradicted his own health experts to try to cover up for his failed pandemic response and help him win reelection.
Trump framed vaccine development in political terms, while falsely criticizing others for doing so.
Trump framed vaccine development in political terms, claiming that Biden would not be able to obtain one in the record time he was and he might not have one at all. In reality, the vaccine development approach Trump touts was previously used by the Obama-Biden administration to develop a vaccine for the H1N1 influenza.
Trump accused Democrats of criticizing the speed of vaccine development for political reasons and falsely accused them of using anti-vax rhetoric for insisting we listen to the experts.
Trump accused the ‘deep state’ of interfering with vaccine development to hurt him politically.
Trump pushed forward his estimated delivery date for a vaccine, contradicting the timeline put forward by experts, and tied it to his reelection.
Trump’s own top health officials and vaccine experts have disputed his vaccine timeline.
Vaccine experts and administration officials have disputed Trump’s predictions of vaccine availability by Election Day.
NIH Director Francis Collins said it was unlikely the FDA would approve a vaccine any earlier than November or December 2020, and Dr. Fauci said he doesn’t think that it’s likely the U.S. will have a vaccine in October.
Trump has repeatedly exaggerated the number of doses that could be available this year, again contradicting his own health experts.