A controversial congresswoman fears the vice president’s level headed response to an international viral outbreak will only end in tragedy.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) has criticized Mike Pence’s appointment to lead the government’s response to the coronavirus because he does not believe in systematically studying the world through observation and experiment.
“Mike Pence literally does not believe in science,” she said on Twitter. “It is utterly irresponsible to put him in charge of U.S. coronavirus response as the world sits on the cusp of a pandemic.”
The congresswoman then raised eyebrows by warning the vice president’s good work might cause further deaths even though the risk of a coronavirus outbreak in the United States continues to be low.
“This decision could cost people their lives,” she said. “Pence’s past decisions already have.”
Ocasio-Cortez claimed Pence allegedly allowed a human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) to reach epidemic levels in Indiana during his time as governor between the years 2013 and 2017.
“As governor, Pence’s science denial contributed to one of the worst HIV outbreaks in Indiana’s history,” she said according to Breitbart. “He is not a medical doctor, he is not a health expert, he is not qualified nor positioned in any way to protect our public health.”
Pence did not respond to the accusations or AOC’s lack of understanding about task forces, which invite several highly qualified medical practitioners to join. He instead focused on carrying out his duties of selecting members for the new government task force, which has an aim of finding the best options for the president to take preventative action.
“The risk of coronavirus in the United States remains low and it is a direct result of the unprecedented action of President Donald Trump,” he said on Twitter. “The American people can remain confident that we will bring the full resources of the federal government to bear to protect the people of this country.”
The vice president also tried to address public concerns about the virus by saying the government was doing everything it could to prevent an outbreak.
“President Donald Trump and our administration have no higher priority than the health and safety of the American people and we will do everything we can to protect them,” he said on Twitter.
The president previously confirmed that eight out of 15 infected Americans have returned home to stay until they have fully recovered. Another is in hospital while five have already fully recovered and are in “pretty good shape.”
“In almost all cases, they are getting better,” he said according to Breitbart.