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  • KIRAN STACEY: Once upon a time, Donald Trump

  • was a prominent vaccine sceptic, frequently telling

  • interviewers that he believed childhood vaccinations were

  • to blame for what he called an autism epidemic.

  • Well, now, with his re-election chances depending in part

  • on whether or not a coronavirus vaccine will be approved

  • in time for November's vote, the president

  • has changed his tune, instead calling out

  • his opponents for what he calls anti-vaccination rhetoric.

  • Meanwhile, those opponents, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris,

  • have been out there warning about the risks

  • that they see of rushing through a vaccine approval

  • before November's election.

  • Public health scientists are delighted that the president is

  • banging the drum for vaccines.

  • But they're worried that the way in which this is becoming

  • an election issue risks undermining confidence

  • not only in a coronavirus vaccine, but in vaccines

  • more generally.

  • A poll recently out by the Kaiser Family Foundation

  • found that over 50% of Americans say

  • they wouldn't take a coronavirus vaccine if it was approved

  • before November's election.

  • We don't know for sure how many people

  • need to take a vaccine for the coronavirus

  • to stop spreading through the community.

  • But we believe it is somewhere in the range of 60% to 70%.

  • Against this backdrop, the pharmaceutical companies

  • that make vaccines are beginning to get worried.

  • Caught between a president who is

  • desperate for some kind of pre-election boost

  • and his opponents, who are casting aspersions on the US

  • drug approvals process, they're worried that their reputations

  • might take a long-term hit.

  • So nine of them have come together

  • to put out a rare joint public statement,

  • saying that they won't push for approval of their vaccines

  • before they're confident that they

  • are both safe and effective.

  • The question is, are they willing

  • to hold off and stop Mr Trump getting

  • any kind of pre-election boost by not

  • submitting their plans for approval until after November?

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