Well before Joe Biden took office, President Trump’s critics on the left and in the media were quickly shifting gears in how they talked about the coronavirus vaccine.
Gone was their skepticism about the vaccine’s effectiveness. Gone were their supposed concerns about the vaccine being made available in record time. Gone were Joe Biden’s calls for a “board of scientists” to review the vaccine before it was distributed.
The reasons for their 180s were crystal clear: It was time to cover Biden in glory for a vaccine that he, his running mate Kamala Harris, and many other Democrats and media figures undermined prior to the election.
Though the Usual Suspects’ attempts at revisionism on the history of the vaccine and the Trump administration’s rollout plan continue to this day, there are some who are going on record to set the record straight and give credit where it’s due.
For example, Dr. Francis Collins, who is the director of the National Institutes of Health (as well as Biden chief medical adviser Dr. Tony Fauci’s boss), did so last month.
He told Axios in a February interview that “it’s just breathtaking that that got done in 11 months from when we first knew about this virus. It’s at least five years faster than it’s ever been done before.”
Collins also talked about how “the recruitment of Dr. Moncef Slaoui [to head Operation Warp Speed] was an incredibly important step forward” in terms of fast-tracking the vaccine. Though Dr. Slaoui was asked by the incoming administration to resign before Biden was inaugurated, he is a respected leader on vaccines with some 30 years of experience and was asked to stay on for a couple of months to help smooth the transition.
Dr. Slaoui, who is also a Democrat, appeared on CBS News’ “Face the Nation” Sunday, where he proceeded to nuke the argument made by numerous Biden administration officials including President Biden himself that they had to “start from scratch” on the vaccine rollout:
“I think that’s a very negative description of the reality. I do think that we had plans, and in fact 90% of what’s happening now is the plan that we had. Of course the first thing was to accelerate the development of the vaccine. We contracted specifically 100 million doses of vaccine, but also built into the contract options to acquire more vaccines once we knew they are effective. And the plan was to order more vaccines when- when we knew they are more effective. So I think what’s happening is right. But I think what’s happening is, frankly, what was the plan. Substantially what was the plan.”
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) March 21, 2021
As I’ve noted before, Trump got widely mocked and ridiculed six ways to Sunday by his critics for his aggressive pushes to get a vaccine ready for distribution by the end of the year. In the end, it was one of many things he got right and his critics got wrong during the pandemic. There was vitally important record-time work done by members of Trump’s team that helped lead us to the point right now where we’re talking about realistic vaccine timelines and lights at the end of the tunnel.
Democrats and many in the media don’t like for people to point out those inconvenient facts, which is precisely why people should be reminded as often as possible.