1. SOUNDBITE (English) Joe Biden, Democratic presidential nominee:
"Nearly eight months after this crisis, on the doorstep of 200,000 American deaths, President Trump has refused once again to take responsibility or to take action."
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Joe Biden, Democratic presidential nominee:
"Folks, the president's first responsibility is to protect the American people. And he won't. That's utterly disqualifying."
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Joe Biden, Democratic presidential nominee:
"I trust vaccines, I trust scientists. But I don't trust Donald Trump. And at this moment, the American people can't either.
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Joe Biden, Democratic presidential nominee:
"A vaccine would offer a way back to normalcy and a path toward better days for all of us, not only here, but around the world. But it's not going to happen overnight. Once we have it, it's going to take months to distribute it to the entire population."
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Joe Biden, Democratic presidential nominee:
"The National Science Foundation is coordinating with the CDC and other agencies. They indicate that the first group of people that should get the vaccine, if and when it is available, are people at the greatest risk. And that includes everything from nursing homes to people with serious pre-existing conditions that would cause people to be in real trouble. A lot of those people happen to be Black and Brown, happen to be Black and Brown. And, so it would be based upon the degree of exposure. It would go first, though, I would argue. But I have a scientific board laid out for me. It would go first, as laid out for me today, to first responders, doctors and nurses, the people who most, where most needed to have available to deal with our crises, health, as well as physical crises in our communities."
Joe Biden says while he trusts what scientists say about a potential coronavirus vaccine, he doesn't trust President Donald Trump.
Speaking to reporters at an event in Wilmington, Delaware after being briefed by public health experts about a potential vaccine, Biden mentioned what he called President Trump's "incompetence and dishonesty" surrounding the distribution of personal protective equipment and coronavirus testing. Biden said "we can't afford to repeat those fiascos when it comes to a vaccine."
He went on to say "I trust vaccines, I trust scientists, but I don't trust Donald Trump, and at this moment, the American people can't either."
The Trump campaign has accused Biden and running mate Kamala Harris of sowing doubt about a potential vaccine by expressing concerns that the vaccine approval process could be tainted by politics.
Biden said that the vaccine approval process should be "totally transparent" and said it should be evaluated by a "board of scientists" that could give the public an unbiased opinion.
The former vice president said if he's elected in November, he'll "support, rather than tear down the experts responsible for the day to day execution of the plan."
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