Lightfoot Skeptical Of CDC Claim A Vaccine Could Be Ready By Election Day

Chicago City Hall
By WBBM Newsradio 780 AM & 105.9 FM

(WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Mayor Lori Lightfoot is sounding a note of caution as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notifies cities and states to be prepared to distribute a COVID-19 vaccine by Election Day.

The federal entity has told officials in all 50 states and major cities that a coronavirus vaccine could be ready by the end of October or early November.

Mayor Lightfoot said she’s concerned the CDC seems focused on getting a vaccine out to the public before Election Day.

Critics say a rush to distribute a vaccine could obscure potential dangers or side effects. They question whether it is politically motivated.

Lightfoot said she’d be shocked if a vaccine would be ready so soon, and she wants to hear the CDC talk about the results of Phase 3 trials.