The best things in life are free, well so they say. The government released a plan Wednesday to make vaccines for COVID-19 available for free to all Americans, assuming a safe and effective shot is developed, even as top health officials faced questions about political interference with virus information reaching the public.
More than half of Americans have said that they would not be getting the vaccines due to “unknown risk”.
The director of the CDC, Dr. Robert Redfield, responding Wednesday before Senate lawmakers, rejected questions over whether the government’s timeline for states to be ready for a vaccine by November 1 had anything to do with politics and the upcoming election.
Dr. Redfield told the Senate Appropriations Committee that the “scientific integrity” of his agency’s output “has not been compromised and it will not be compromised under my watch.”
He said he was “deeply saddened” by Caputo’s accusations that CDC staff were working as a “resistance unit” against the administration.
Sen. Patty Murray of Washington, the committee’s top Democrat, said political interference had damaged public trust in the government’s health information. Americans currently have been skeptical about this entire virus. Some even question if it is real.
“The Trump administration needs to leave the science to the scientists immediately,” Murray said.
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