For several months, Trump had promised that A. Coronavirus disease A vaccine was soon. He placed much of his electoral hopes on the possibility. But the announcement from two large pharmaceutical companies of the results of highly successful trials of COVID vaccine candidates came in the days after the vote. And while he may have brought joy to markets and public health officials, for Trump he was nothing but a pile of frustration.
Before announcing these breakthroughs, the president had exchanged ideas with his aides and close associates about ways in which he could promote the vaccine to the American people. According to two people with direct knowledge of his private comments, the president said he envisioned large, public, and mask-free events – particularly as the weather got warmer, what he expected it to be, and a second term – and rallies to celebrate a second term. Operation Warp Speed successes, a public-private partnership to develop a vaccine. When the distribution began, Trump wanted to be directly involved in promoting the vaccine, playing a video campaign about the safety and success of his operation.
Trump also considered holding a public or televised event or press conference at which he was proudly waving and reading from a list of headlines, articles and TV coverage that either downplayed him or raised doubts about the timeline for Operation Warp Speed.
“The president was looking to show that he was right and the media was wrong,” one of the sources described.
But many of these plans are now thwarted. In late January, President-elect Joe Biden will be the leader of the free world, and the West Wing communications apparatus will no longer focus on amplifying Trump’s boast. According to two people who spoke to the president about this, he was preemptively annoyed that Biden would try to “steal” the credit from him for developing life-saving vaccines.
Another vaccine has just been announced. This time from Moderna, it’s 95% effective. For these great “historians”, I hope you remember that these great discoveries, which will end the plague of China, all happened under my supervision! President chirp Monday, with future credit claims clearly at the forefront of his mind.
Oppressed Trump comes with communities across the country dealing with How to deal with mutations in new positive COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths, and with the current president and administration going on Bloc cooperation On issues related to the Coronavirus with the upcoming Biden administration. For the president’s critics, this is yet another example of the skewed priorities he has brought in the fight against the coronavirus.
“when [the scientists] They say they have a safe, effective vaccine ready for mass distribution, we have to believe them. But I know President Trump has made efforts to politicize this as well. I was in a meeting with him months ago when we were discussing vaccine development and he specifically said we needed it before ‘November,’ said Olivia Troy, a former senior advisor to the coronavirus task force who endorsed Biden shortly after he left the Trump administration. .
“President Trump has made efforts to politicize it as well. I was in a meeting with him months ago when we were discussing vaccine development and he specifically said that we need it before “November”, “
– Olivia Troy, Former Senior Advisor to the Coronavirus Task Force
A White House spokesman did not respond to a request for comment for this story.
Trump’s now-aborted plans for a big round to celebrate the vaccine in a second term were not the only events he was forced to backtrack after the election.
In the week before voters went to the polls, there was also some talk between Trump and some political lieutenants about the possibility of holding rallies in the immediate aftermath of Election Day. Those plans have been put on hold as well, at least for now, as Trump officials have frayed at the idea of putting the president back on track to support fanatics at MAGA who still believe he won, according to two sources familiar with the plans.
A senior Trump campaign official added: “There were no plans for the POTUS rallies.”
Instead, Trump and the remainder of his re-election campaign have largely focused on the legal challenges that are a frantic – but certainly futile attempt to overturn the election results. It is a legal final step and letters to the President for his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani The main fighter. On Monday afternoon, Trump’s 2020 shell was still fundraising for this and other costly endeavor, and they are using vaccine hacks to do so. The phrase “Coronavirus Vaccine Update” was read by a text message the Trump campaign sent to its supporters on Monday. “Another vaccine option just announced – 95% effective! Incredible! Bryce Trump needs your support. Donate.”
While the president, in fundraising appeals and social media messages, provided the news about developing a COVID vaccine as a victory for his leadership, several senior officials working on the administration’s response to COVID-19 have warned that there is a long way to go before it reaches the general public.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the country’s top infectious disease expert and member of the COVID task force, said in a recent interview with The Daily Beast that he expects the first doses of the vaccine to be delivered to healthcare workers by the end of December. . Both Pfizer and Moderna said their candidates have efficiency rates of over 90 percent.
However, Fauci said he doesn’t expect the general public to get the vaccine until sometime this spring.
“This is good news everywhere.” Both vaccines will be very important in containing the outbreak in this country, Fauci told the Daily Beast, adding that he expects the administration to be able to view other companies’ vaccine data sometime early next year. The Johnson & Johnson version has been described as a “promising candidate.”
“This is good news everywhere. Both vaccines will be very important in containing the outbreak in this country.“
– Anthony Fauci
Before distributing the vaccine, Fauci said the Federal Drug Administration (FDA), led by Dr. Stephen Hahn, would need to review Pfizer and Moderna vaccine data. In a call with the country’s rulers on Monday, The Daily Beast obtained a recording, Hahn said the FDA has not yet received this information. Once that happens, Fauci said, we hope the FDA signs an emergency use permit, which will allow the administration to begin distributing the vaccine immediately.
“Probably near late December,” Fauci said.
Over the past several months, officials working on the federal government’s response to the coronavirus have been developing proposals for distribution to the American public. Officials said plans to manufacture and transport the vaccine to the states have been completed. What is less clear is how state, county and municipal officials will distribute the doses to residents.
According to many health officials, there is no federal mandate that states who will get the vaccine first. There is only a recommendation from management that the first batch of doses go to health care workers on the front lines and the most vulnerable, including the elderly and those with comorbidities. In the call with the governors on Monday, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Robert Redfield said it all 64 healthy jurisdictions They provided an outline of how they plan to distribute the vaccine to the population. Each is specific to individual jurisdiction depending on resources and how local officials want to prioritize handouts. Redfield said the CDC will continue to work with countries to help facilitate those schemes.
“People say, oh my God, how are you going to distribute all these vaccines?” The CDC does this every year. They distribute like 80 million doses of vaccine. “They have a lot of experience,” Fauci told the Daily Beast. “ But whoever decides whether Jane Smith, standing at a desk in the hospital, versus Mary Jones, in the ICU, whether they work as equals, or whether one is more favorable than the other, will be a local decision. “.
While some Trump administration officials are concerned about potential disruptions to vaccine distribution domestically, others care more about whether Americans will line up to get vaccinated at all.
Over the past several months, the CDC has launched a campaign to build trust with communities across the country to reassure Americans that a vaccine will be safe and effective. In the call with governors on Monday, Redfield again pleaded with state leaders to speak more forcefully about the safety and transparency of the vaccine manufacturing and distribution process.
“We invite all of you to get your leadership to help with this,” said Redfield. “I think the biggest danger to the vaccine plan is not the vaccine, which is really a miracle, it’s building confidence in the American public. We’ve done a really big campaign … to build that trust … to change that narrative of hesitation in vaccines that we’ve seen spreading all over This state. I think it is something we still have a chance to continue. “