With operation warp-speed, the Trump administration worked tirelessly to realize a vaccine before 2021. Trump promised it would happen. The media promised it couldn't. Unsurprisingly, the media wrong.
“We are delivering life-saving therapies, and will produce a vaccine before the end of the year, or maybe even sooner” - Trump, August 27th
While promising to bring a vaccine to citizens before 2021, Trump passed dramatic measures to mitigate COVID-19 spread.
Media & Democrats Say 'Impossible'
The MSM and Democrats claimed that a vaccine by the end of the year was highly unlikely. Most criticism claimed that Trump was using the vaccine as a political tool for reelection.
Senator Kamala Harris (D)
“... He’s looking at an election coming up in less than 60 days, and he’s grasping for whatever he can get to pretend that he’s been a leader on this issue when he’s not...”
"I would not trust Donald Trump... I will not take his word for it." - Fox News
Joe Biden (D)
“Let me be clear: I trust vaccines, I trust scientists. But I don’t trust Donald Trump, and at this moment, the American people can’t either.” - WSJ
"President Donald Trump claimed Friday there will be enough coronavirus vaccines for every American by April -- a claim that doesn't match any timeline given by the federal government's health agencies, private researchers or even the companies making the vaccines." - CNN
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg (D)
“But from everything that I’ve heard from folks, I don’t think that we should expect a vaccine this year.” - Fox News
The Reality: Trump Was Right
With President Trump's leadership, the United States already approved two safe and effective Covid-19 vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna) with others in the final stages of clinical trials.
- 550,000 Americans have already received their first dose of the Pfizer vaccine to date.
Federal officials project to vaccinate 30 million people in January and another 50 million in February. Pfizer and Moderna expect to produce 1.3 Billion and 1 Billion doses respectively in 2021 (2 doses per person).
- 20 million Americans could receive Covid-19 vaccine in December
"You don't defeat a virus with politics. You defeat a virus with science and medicine" - Andrew Cuomo, 7/15/21