A new report released on Monday found that the Trump administration has turned down additional doses of vaccine offered by Pfizer and that additional doses may not be available until next summer.
According to the New York Times, “Trump administration officials died when Pfizer offered to sell additional doses of its Covid-19 vaccine to the US government in late summer, according to those familiar with the matter. Now Pfizer may not be able to make more vaccines available to the United States until next June, as they have committed to other countries. “
Having a safe and effective vaccine is key to getting life back to normal, and Trump’s refusal to receive as many doses as possible means more Americans are at risk for longer periods of time.
More about the New York Times:
When asked if the Trump administration missed a crucial chance this summer to get more doses for Americans, a spokeswoman for the Department of Health and Human Services said: “We are confident we will receive 100 million doses of Pfizer’s vaccine as agreed In our contract and beyond, we have five other vaccine candidates. “
In a statement, Pfizer said that “additional doses beyond the 100 million are subject to a separate and mutually acceptable agreement” and that “the company is unable to comment on confidential discussions with the US government.” ”
Because the Pfizer vaccine requires two injections, the 100 million doses the Trump administration brags about will only cover 50 million Americans – far fewer than health experts believe it will take to finally fight the virus.
In other words, Trump’s so-called Operation Warp Speed turned out to be nothing more than a fancy slogan slammed onto the back of a truck without a competent driver.
As Washington Post’s Philip Rucker pointed out, Trump’s efforts to label his administration’s vaccination operation a success have basically fallen apart in this new coverage.
Trump thought Operation Warp Speed was his big hit, but he seems to have single-handedly delayed the vaccine. pic.twitter.com/Xrp3hONvXX
– PoliticusUSA (@politicususa) December 8, 2020
Trump botched every aspect of the COVID response
Republicans often whine about lockdown restrictions and mask mandates, but they seem to forget that failure to wear a mask and restrict social gatherings increases the likelihood that those measures will continue.
By refusing to lead by example and urging his followers to follow these simple steps to slow the spread of the virus, Trump has only increased the length of time Americans are denied their normal way of life.
In fact, the president’s rejection of science has made the United States the epicenter of the virus, causing tens of thousands of unnecessary deaths.
Now Trump’s refusal to secure as many doses of the vaccine early as possible is likely to prolong the nationwide vaccination effort, meaning it will be much longer before Americans can return to their pre-COVID lives.
Donald Trump never qualified as President of the United States. This public health crisis and its amazingly incompetent response to it have only confirmed it.
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Sean Colarossi currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and was an organizing fellow for both of President Obama’s presidential campaigns. He also worked with Planned Parenthood as the Outreach Organizer of the Affordable Care Act in 2014, helping Northeast Ohio residents get health insurance.