MADISON – Governor Tony Evers has said he will receive a coronavirus vaccine as soon as he gets it, and blames public distrust in the development of a vaccine in President Donald Trump’s pledge surrounding the November election.
“I’ll take it, but I’ll tell you that if I had to prioritize vaccinating people, I wouldn’t be one of them. I would focus on the frontline staff,” Evers said at an event at the Milwaukee Press Club on Wednesday. “To be my first, there’s a whole bunch of other people who should have it first.”
Evers said Trump campaign trail predicts that any vaccine that may arrive before election day makes people distrust a process that the governor says is legitimate.
“When you have a national leader when he has removed something like that as an epidemic and it’s a hoax and that’s not it, and now we’re promising election day … it’s politics in a way that looks like it is now Appearing through the election, ”Evers said.
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Only 5% of Wisconsin voters in a Marquette University law school poll released Wednesday said they must publish a vaccine. Nineteen percent said yes and 33% said they probably wouldn’t get any vaccines.
On Monday, Trump said a vaccine could be ready before the November election.
“We’re going to have a vaccine soon, probably before a very special date. “You know what date I’m talking about,” he told reporters at the White House.
Evers said he has faith in vaccine scientists and claims that Trump is reporting information he does not have.
“He doesn’t know more than I do, frankly, and I just couldn’t make these statements,” Ivers said.
Evers further told reporters Wednesday that the state Department of Health Services backed plans in July to post the names of businesses, workplaces and schools where the coronavirus collided because its administration believed it was “information that is not public.”
The company planned to post the names of businesses and other places involved in at least two cases of the coronavirus after business lobbying groups and Republican lawmakers backed out against the idea.
Evers said without posting information to the public, businesses are protected and DHS can better monitor outbreaks. He added that informing the public where an epidemic has occurred could create privacy issues for workers and students.
But several counties in Wisconsin and other states have posted such information.
Kirsten Johnson, a public health officer at Ozuki in Washington, D.C., said earlier this year that officials there had decided to post such information because “people have a right to be concentrated wherever they explode to protect themselves and their loved ones from being exposed to the virus.”
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