Ivanka Trump says that when the COVID-19 vaccination is approved by the FDA, she’ll get it on live TV.
The White House senior adviser and first daughter made the promise Thursday on Twitter in a post directed at The View critic Joy Behar. The mom of three said she would get the vaccination on the ABC talk show.
Frequent Trump critic Behar had said on Wednesday’s edition of The View that she didn’t buy President Trump’s recent claims that a coronavirus vaccine could be ready soon. The co-host said the controversial president “will push anything to get reelected. Don’t fall for it.”
Behar added, “And by the way, I will take the vaccine after Ivanka takes it.”
That led to Ivanka’s tweet, proclaiming, “Deal @JoyVBehar. I would come on your show to do so. I trust the FDA and so should all Americans. Vanquishing this virus should be our collective top priority.”
The race to get a vaccine for the coronavirus approved has been a major part of Trump’s reelection campaign. On Tuesday, the president claimed, “We’re going to have a vaccine very soon, maybe even before a very special date. You know what date I’m talking about,” referring to Election Day.
However, the country’s top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, said on Wednesday he still expects a safe and effective vaccine in early 2021. Also this week, the Oxford vaccine trial, which has been the front-runner in the coronavirus vaccine race, was put on hold this week after a study participant in the U.K. reportedly developed what could be a severe adverse reaction.
Meanwhile, the president admitted on Wednesday that he downplayed the risk of the coronavirus to the American public earlier this year. He said it was in an effort to “reduce panic” about the virus. So far, the virus has killed nearly 200,000 people in the U.S.