In First Tillis-Cunningham Debate, COVID-19 Vaccination Takes Center Stage

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Thom Tillis said Cal Cunningham was “putting lives at risk” by saying he would be hesitant to take a COVID-19 vaccine that was released before the end of the year. Republican Thom Tillis and Democrat Cal Cunningham were asked a hypothetical question during their first debate Monday night: If a COVID vaccine arrives before Election Day, would they take it? Would they encourage others to do so? Yes, said Tillis. As long as it was approved by the FDA, which he called the “gold standard” of safety. Cunningham said he “has questions.” “And I think we have seen entirely too many times and especially in recent years (where) politics is intervening in what should be driven by health and science,” Cunningham, an attorney and former state senator who is challenging Tillis. He pointed to the Trump administration not heeding recommendations from the CDC. “Historically and traditionally, I would support and have confidence in the Food and Drug Administration and the processes they go through to approve a drug,” he said. “But we have seen an extraordinary corruption in Washington.” Moderator David Crabtree of WRAL then asked Cunningham about the vaccine again. “So do I read you to say you would …

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