In the long-term fight against COVID-19, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden on his blog post on Monday, shared three key "principles of integrity" he will embody when sworn as President-principles he said the current Republican and Presidential seat opponent lacks.
Joe Biden says that President Trump must allow the coronavirus vaccine development process to play out "free of political pressure" and called on the president to adhere to three rules as scientists rush to develop one. https://t.co/QVEH5lz7wH— NBC Politics (@NBCPolitics) July 28, 2020
Biden has been very vocal about his views of Trump's Administration in dealing with the COVID-19 outbreak that hit millions of Americans across the country and left the economy in turmoil.
The Republican President, whose eyes are set on a second term this November 2020 election, has been the subject of countless criticisms that expose his lack of strategic and aggressive plans to allay the fears and suspicions of the public during these difficult times.
The former Vice President demands Trump to follow these three so-called principles of integrity in the arduous effort in developing the coronavirus vaccine:
- Scientists and public health experts decide on safety and efficacy.
- Clinical data for any vaccine the FDA approves should be made available to the public for independent expert review.
- There must be full transparency on recommendations by career staff.
These relate to Trump's support and decision to interfere with the ongoing vaccine development. He proposed the anti-malaria drug and the use of disinfectants as a preventive or curative treatment for the coronavirus. With no study to back up Trump's claims, the Food and Drug Administration warned that if taken without medical supervision, the drug may cause serious heart problems and often times can result in fatality. In addition, medical experts warned the public that disinfectants in any form should neither be ingested nor introduced to the human body as a treatment for coronavirus as these may result in adverse reactions and even death.
It is a great matter that the White House should be confident with the health experts, researchers, and scientists as they explore possible ways to develop safe and effective vaccines. They need a voice on issues relating to public safety and not merely the "popular opinions" of non-medical individuals. This administration is known to question and undermine its experts. The president, in Biden's words, should not "hype" treatments or vaccines, overstate their results, or undermine confidence in scientific findings. Everything must be appropriately addressed because as the election comes close, Americans need urgent solutions to these health crises that affect their lives. The people need assurance that the development of this vaccine base on dedication to science, coordination, transparency, truth, and fairness.