President Donald Trump and White House advisers have been saying for months that by Election Day hundreds of millions of doses of coronavirus vaccine would be “ready for use”. But three days before election day, health experts say COVID-19 vaccinations were just another dubious election promise.
Trump and White House Coronavirus Task Force Chief, Vice President Mike Pence, have vowed since the first week of March to have a COVID-19 vaccine “very soon”. But on Friday – three days before election day and despite the president’s claim – the US set a world record for the highest number of coronavirus cases in a single day. Medical experts – from New York City emergency room physician Craig Spencer to molecular medicine professor Eric Topol and Dr. Anthony Fauci – said it was to be expected that no COVID-19 vaccine would be delivered by election day. A vaccine scientist from Houston said the vaccination vows of HHS and Trump were “terrible”.
“So we will have a vaccine very soon, perhaps even before a very special date. You know what date I’m talking about,” Trump said on September 7, accusing health experts at the FDA and CDC of playing politics with the goal of election day.
Topol warned the Americans in early September that Trump’s coronavirus vaccine vow would be “virtually impossible” until Election Day, as Pfizer and other pharmaceutical companies detailed how the “warp speed” trial process would actually be much slower to ensure a safe vaccine. Pfizer said earlier this month that a vaccine will probably not be available before the end of November.
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Dr. Peter Hotez, co-director of the Texas Children’s Hospital Center for Vaccine Development, said in August that it was absurd to believe that the U.S. could suddenly vaccinate 300 million Americans out of only a few dozen patients in clinical trials. “The news that comes from Operation Warp Speed is mostly non-existent, and when it does come, it is terrible.
The president has blamed numerous health experts for his administration’s inability to oversee the introduction of a vaccine before November 3, including the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the “deep state” and a “confused” CDC director.
Doctors criticized on Trump Friday after telling rally attendees of the Michigan campaign that doctors were over-counting COVID 19 deaths to make money. Earlier this month, Trump accused the FDA of a “political hit job” after officials at the agency said it was difficult to “accelerate” safe vaccine trials before election day.
On the day Trump was released from the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for the treatment of COVID-19, he said of the vaccine: “I think we should have it before election day. But honestly, politics is getting involved, and that’s okay, they want to play games. It will be right after the election.”
Dr. Tom Frieden, an infectious disease expert and former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), disappointed Trump with his continued claims that coronavirus vaccines were imminent, saying that deliberate disinformation made this the “scariest thing”. Halloween”. Of all time”.
“There is one thing that can stop Covid. For months I’ve been saying that there isn’t one, but there is one thing. No masks. No travel restrictions. Not staying at home. No tests. No contact tracing. Not isolation. No quarantine. Not even vaccine. It’s TRUST,” Dr. Frieden tweeted.
Frieden and Spencer were among the many doctors around the world who criticized the Trump administration, which brought into play Dr. Scott Atlas, former head of neuroradiology at Stanford, who blamed “media hysteria” for the pandemic being seen so negatively. Atlas countered Fauci’s remarks that a vaccine could take many months to develop and cited “natural herd immunity” as his main concern.
The CDC says that states should be ready to distribute COVID-19 vaccines on November 15, but independent medical advisors say that this is a very desirable date at best. NPR reported on Saturday that it is up to the FDA to grant emergency approval for the distribution of a vaccine, and none of the four U.S. companies currently in the final stages of clinical trials have applied for approval.
“The deep state, or whoever, over at the FDA makes it very difficult for drug companies to get people to test the vaccines and therapeutics. Obviously they hope to delay the response until after November 3. We need to focus on speed and saving lives! Trump tweeted on August 22.
The United States set a worldwide record for the highest number of individual cases in a single day in any country, with U.S. officials reporting 99,321 new COVID 19 cases on Friday. India held the previous record for new cases on the day before September 17, when the government reported 97,894 new cases. Thirty-one states set a daily record for new infections in the month of October alone, with Iowa on Friday as the 31st state to report new cases.
Six months ago, in late April, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced that 70 coronavirus vaccines are in development worldwide, with biotechnology company Moderna of Cambridge, Massachusetts, one of the first companies in the world to begin human trials. Moderna announced on Thursday that 20 million coronavirus vaccines will be available by the end of the year.
The American Medical Association (AMA) played a trump card at its rally in Michigan on Friday when it claimed that doctors and hospitals were inflating death benefits for financial reasons: “The claim is … a malicious, monstrous and totally misguided charge”.
Political critics also joined in the criticism of Trump’s promise of vaccines on election day as another unfulfilled political point of discussion comparable to the southern border wall. “A safe vaccine will be delivered in just a few weeks,” Trump told attendees in Rochester, Minnesota on Friday night.
Nevertheless, “I was told by President Trump that a vaccine would be available before election day. What happened to it,” Molly Jong-Fast, editor of the Daily Beast, asked Molly Jong-Fast.
“Hey @realDonaldTrump You said the vaccine would be there before election day, so should we expect Sunday or Monday?” Don Winslow tweeted the President on Saturday morning.
Dr. Renuga Vivekanandan, an infectious disease physician at CHI Health and Creighton University, told KSNB-TV on Wednesday that the first launch of a vaccine after the trials is scary, but that the vaccines are safe when offered to the public. Instead, she advised concerned people to focus on what they can do, such as getting a flu shot before the winter season, social distancing, wearing masks and maintaining good daily hygiene.
Tekk.tv contacted the FDA and the White House on Saturday morning with a request for additional comments.