Minnesota’s Rep. Ilhan Omar and Sen. Tina Smith used to be concerned that COVID-19 vaccines were rushed through production and marred by political agendas.
“How do we trust a vaccine that has only had a short number of months, potentially, being tested in the human body?” Smith once asked, raising concerns about the “long-term consequences [and] potential negative side effects.” She was echoed by her fellow Minnesotan, Omar, who declared that people shouldn’t “take a vaccine that might cause harm to us.”
What abated their fears? The election of President Joe Biden, apparently.
Both Omar and Smith were concerned that the shot would be unsafe while it was being developed under the Trump administration. They worried that there may be a political motive behind Trump’s advocacy of the vaccine. However, now that Biden is in office they have no such fear.