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Science, politics at issue as vaccine nears

Senate Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer of N.Y., right, speaks next to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., during a news conference about COVID-19, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) NEW YORK — The politics of the coronavirus vaccine are complicated, and lawmakers facing difficult elections this fall are working to navigate the delicate issue.

President Donald Trump is escalating his promise for a coronavirus vaccine before Election Day.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, a Democrat, said Friday when asked whether he would be willing to take a vaccine released by the administration before the election: “If all the protocols had been followed and the evidence is in, of course, I’d follow science. It doesn’t matter when it happens.”

“But I would have to look at the science, not Donald Trump. There isn’t one single thing I would ever trust from Donald Trump to be true,” Inslee told The Associated Press.

Inslee’s comments are in line with a growing consensus of Democrats in leadership positions, including the party’s presidential nominee, Joe Biden.

They have repeatedly cast doubt on Trump’s promises but pledged to follow the guidance of scientists and health care experts such as Dr. Anthony Fauci, the government’s […]

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