Speaking to Express.co.uk, Patrick Basham said President Trump’s chances to win could benefit from a huge boost if a coronavirus vaccine is found in the lead up to the election. He said: “If a vaccine is revealed before Election Day, the contest will be over because Trump will receive a major surge of new support.
“That’s why Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are seeking to sow seeds of doubt among Americans that a Trump vaccine can’t be trusted.
“It’s a long shot on the Democrats’ part, but they recognise that a vaccine welcomed by most voters would spell the end of their hopes of defeating Trump.”
The vaccine would be popular among most voters, who would opt for taking the jab if given the option.
Mr Basham added: “A majority of Americans says they will take the vaccine, so developing one will demonstrate to most people that, overall, the Trump administration has succeeded on arguably the most important element of the anti-virus campaign, i.e. ensuring it can’t return to kill more people and wreck further havoc on the economy.”
And that is why the Trump Administration has been pushing for the development of a vaccine that can effectively tackle the pathogen.
According to Mr Basham, “Trump has the federal government’s regulatory process operating at warp speed to ensure that, as soon as a vaccine is scientifically proven to work, its delivery to the American people isn’t slowed down by bureaucratic red tape.”
Now more than ever, Mr Trump’s actions in the fight against the pandemic are being scrutinised by voters.
While Mr Biden is providing voters with hopes for a different response to the pandemic, many are concerned about issues regarding the economy and crime.
“What is now helping Trump with voters is the public’s dwindling preoccupation with the pandemic.
“It’s still an important issue to many people, but today most voters are more concerned about the economy and issues related to crime and law and order.”
Last week, Mr Trump asserted that a vaccine would be available to everyone in the US by April.
During a White House address, he said: “Hundreds of millions of doses will be available every month, and we expect to have enough vaccines for every American by April.
“In a short time we’ll have a safe and effective vaccine and we’ll defeat the virus.”
However, critics have hit out at Mr Trump for trying to politicise the health crisis by claiming there would be a vaccine available before the election.
The President said the vaccine will “put an end to the restrictions and some of the things that go on and have to go on in the meantime.”
He has also used the vaccine in recent attacks against his Democratic adversary Joe Biden by accusing him of being “anti-vaccine”.
Mr Trump said: “Joe Biden’s anti-vaccine theories are putting a lot of lives at risk.
“And they’re only doing it for political reasons. It’s part of their war to try and discredit the vaccine now that they know we essentially have it, we’ll be announcing it fairly soon.”