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Trump and Biden's fight to prove who's more anti-China is a major hurdle to a coronavirus vaccine

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  • President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden have been fighting to prove who is more anti-China in an effort to win over voters, as anger toward Beijing over coronavirus grows in the US. 
  • But attacking China in this way could stifle efforts in the development of a vaccine, and put the US at a disadvantage if China develops one first, global health experts and former US officials warn.
  • "If we have spent six to nine months lobbing accusations back and forth with China about who's at fault for this, and then China is the first place to get the vaccine, then we're going to be in a pretty rough spot," Jeremy Konyndyk, who oversaw the Obama administration's response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, told Insider. 
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As the coronavirus pandemic sets the tone of the 2020 presidential race, President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden are locking horns in a fight to prove who's the bigger China hawk. 

This jingoistic competition could hinder the development of a vaccine for the novel coronavirus, and hurt America's ability to gain access if China develops one first, former US officials and global health experts warn. 

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