Biden pledges free Covid vaccine for ‘everyone in US’ if elected
Published: 11:37 AM, 24 October 2020
Joe Biden; File Photo
Democrat’s United States presidential race candidate Joe Biden said on Friday that if elected president he would “mandate coronavirus vaccines be free for all Americans”, part of a national strategy to get ahead of this virus.
“Once we have a safe and effective vaccine, it has to be free to everyone — whether or not you’re insured,” Biden said in a speech laying out his pandemic response plan just 11 days before the US presidential election.
Accroding to AFP, President Donald Trump, who trails Biden in the polls, has also stressed that a vaccine, which he says will be ready in the coming weeks, “should be free”.
Meanwhile, Democrats led by Biden have hammered Trump for failing to layout and implement a nationwide response to a pandemic that has now killed more than 223,000 Americans.
“Covid-19 dwarfs anything that we’ve faced in recent history, and it isn’t showing any signs of slowing down. The virus surging in almost in every state,” Biden said in a speech in Wilmington, Delaware.
“We’re more than eight months into the crisis and the president still doesn’t have a plan,” the former vice-president said, adding, “He’s given up. He’s quit on you. He’s quit on your family. He’s quit on America.”
Biden said if he elected he would “immediately” put in place a national strategy to finally get rid of the virus and get back the people’s lives.