A Democratic senatorial nominee said Monday that he would be hesitant to take a coronavirus vaccine if it were approved before the end of the year.
“I’ve got questions,” Cal Cunningham, who’s running for Senate in North Carolina, said during a debate against GOP Sen. Thom Tillis. Cunningham expressed concern over “politics intervening in what should be driven by health and science.”
Wow – Cunningham indicates he won’t take a coronavirus vaccine if one is made available: “I’ve got questions” because he’s seen “politics intervening in what should be driven by health and science.”
“Yes, I would be hesitant.” #ncsen
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“Yes, I would be hesitant,” he said after the moderator asked if that meant he’d be hesitate to take any vaccine approved by the end of the year. He said politics has “intervened” with the “Centers for Disease Control [and Prevention]’s suggestions and recommendations on how we deal with this pandemic,” seemingly referring to a Politico report alleging that the Trump administration had interfered with the agency’s coronavirus reports.
He said he would traditionally have confidence in the Food and Drug Administration.
Tillis called Cunningham’s answer “irresponsible.”