Go away and hide, President Trump, because you botched the handling of covid-19 except for one teensy thing, starting Operation Warp Speed to develop vaccines faster than history allows.

Well, yes, the Pfizer Inc. pharmaceutical company right now has the leading one and pretty soon it could start protecting as many as 25 million lives. But look, Warp Speed is only providing $1.95 billion to the company for millions of doses it plans to distribute for free around the country, and therefore, you should admit guilt, hide your head in shame and take no credit for saving anyone.

It is amazing, utterly amazing that, no matter what Trump accomplishes, he hasn’t done it, at least not in the eyes of regressive progressives, pseudo-intellectuals and some supposedly fair media analysts forever putting monster masks on friendly facts. And yet, for all of his front-page flubs, he has moved decisively and with impact on the virus from early on and has perhaps done nothing more important than instituting the Warp Speed adventure in answer to a sad issue.

That issue would be that finding a vaccine to stop a killer germ can often take four, five, 10 or 15 years if one is ever found at all. Phooey, said Trump, as he and his team worked with governmental agencies, scientists, universities and eager-beaver foreign and national pharmaceutical companies to get a reputable vaccine and get it in a hurry. It was almost as if Trump transmitted his own relentless energy into the project as unneeded regulatory hindrances were removed from the scene and new, more efficient methods of checking safety and effectiveness were developed.

The pharmaceutical companies, outstanding from the beginning, still had all kinds of needs not easily acquired, and the project said here they are.

The government also entered public-private partnerships in which it has spent billions funding research and production at private companies. Pfizer, working with a major, genius-gifted, German medical firm, BioNTech, said it would pay for its own production but would happily accept a couple of billion dollars as the government purchases and delivers free doses as quickly and usefully as possible.

That’s what really counts, as one expert has interestingly expressed it: the vaccination, not the vaccine. And this kind of delivery guarantee can keep a company plugging away even if things get tough. The New York Times reports that international health organizations caught on to the value of this technique long ago, and it is surely a good idea to copy good ideas. Pretty soon, Moderna, an American firm that did get Warp Speed production funding, is likely to announce its success, too, and some say the combined dosage could be enough to save the world.

Naturally enough, Trump’s Twitter-encouraged enemies in politics, on the internet, in publications, behind bushes and starring in Hollywood don’t want to grant him an inch even if he deserves a mile. It has erroneously been made to sound as if Pfizer has benefitted in no important way from Warp Speed, and a number are upset that deliveries are expected by the end of this year. Their argument is that the politically motivated Trump administration won’t do the checking correctly and we should all wait for Joe Biden to be in charge even if the virus is right now surging wildly and killing 1,000 and more people a week. See how much they love you.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, a highly respected leader on the Trump virus task force and someone who himself has been in conflict with the president, sounds as optimistic as optimistic gets and is positive about 2021. Not everything is going to happen at once, but he says the vaccine “is going to have a major impact on everything we do with respect to covid.” There are many people deserving our gratitude, and the president is one of them, no matter how hard that is to believe.

Jay Ambrose is an op-ed columnist for Tribune News Service. Readers may email him at speaktojay@aol.com.

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Vince Gors

Well, if there is anything Positive about this Joke of an Election, it is Now we can sit back and see how these "Clowns" are going to do IT. They had all the answers for Months = Have at It. Just be prepared for the Criticism it is coming.

BigBob

Well, skippy, if Typhoid Donnie's minions would accept the FACT he lost and allow the transition to move forward it might be possible to "sit back and watch," but as it stands now President Biden will be stuck at the gate until noon on 20 January giving him a serious handicapped on straightening out the Godawful mess that idiot man-child left behind. BUT, it will happen - mark my words!c

hvnfun

I am grateful for trump, he has clearly showed the world that the republican party will support a lying, cheating, classless leader. A leader with zero empathy and who will attack anyone who disagrees with him, yep trump has exposed the party for what it really is, party first people way down the line. I am sure our allies will never forget.

simon1dog

IcePick - Interesting to see that HG teamed up with AC. The two of them now represent: Haven't Got A Clue. Yes, President Trump does get accolades for this new covid drug.

IcePick

Simon1 Yes, I am intrigued with the Socialist mind very interesting mind set. They're ike Narcissistic Sheep with a constant cry..

BigBob

Actually the bleating sheep are the conservative/fascists who keep whining that Typhoid Donnie won the election. The mentality of these morons will be studied for years to come in an attempt to answer the question - How can so many people be conned by an obviously ignorant fools?

BigBob

You are so sad. If it hadn't been for Typhoid Donnie lying to the American people and shutting down programs deigned to protect American the trump virus would not have been as deadly, having so far killed over a quarter-of-a-million American men, women and children. And he had nothing to do with the vaccines - in fact he did everything possible to block any funding.

BigBob

Nope. As usual you're pathetic gummy damaged drain has made you look like an idiot.

HavasuGuy

I am grateful he exposed the hate in the republican party, the total disregard for American principles and democracy, and the ignorance of tRUMPers...

I'll be more grateful when I see him walk out of our White House and has to face criminal charges for his lack of respect of the rule of law.

IcePick

"TDS Syndrome". Example.

189 Affidavits of fraud The Media response, "You have no evidence"

"Your claims are baseless" This is called a Media controlled stifle..

But if your a conservative Judge and a 1 women signs a Affidavit with no evidence and barley remembers one fact no-one to collaborate story. Holly-Smokes Batman this is a BomB-Shell we have a duty to the truth! Humanity depends on the Truth. Fast and Fair trial! LMAO Listen to the Sheep below!

This is third world country stuff "Propaganda".

BigBob

"Your" (sic) - "you're" - "woman" - "barely" - "Bombshell" - It is not the media saying "you have no evidence" it is the shysters who make the claims and then in front of the judge admit when asked "Are you claiming there is proof of fraud or illegals activities" say, "No your honor, we have no proof."

Dawn King

Hey IP, my dead cat, Barney, voted for twumpy at least 25 times! Barney was a true xtian patriot in twumpyland!

Vince Gors

dawn, isn't it difficult to post when you are Knitting and Rocking in your Chair?

BigBob

Vinnie, isn't it difficult to post when you have your head so firmly entrenched in your rectum?

simon1dog

IcePick - [thumbup]

BigBob

Agreeing with a fool makes you a fool.

IcePick

biGboB. Yes go easy on Old Dawn, I think you're kinda a father type figure as (SIC) as that sounds.

1502

Trump has demonstrated his weak leadership skills for the past 4 years. A lair is not a leader. Draft dodger trump

IcePick

Great Opinion 1502, next time Put a little Russia in and drive your Sickness home! [wink]

simon1dog

Jay, thank you! Yes, President Trump deserved accolades here. Of course the usual communists socialists Democrats on here won't think so. They're so full of hate that it's hard for them to take another bite. That's a fact, Jack!

BigBob

The problem is conservative/fascists who insist upon destroying our nation and are upset that their plans - provided by Putin - are not going to be allowed to come to fruition. And here are some more facts, Jack -

Typhoid Donnie’s’ personal “attorney” bat-crap nuts Rudy Giuliana made a bigger fool out of himself than usual on Wednesday as he and other sleazy “lawyers,” including Sydney Powell, lied for more than 90 minutes during a press briefing. At no point did this scummy “legal team” offer any proof of their wild-a$$ claims.

On multiple occasions Giuliani cited individuals he claimed could not be identified for their own safety and well-being. Powell claimed Hugo Chavez – ho has been dead for seven years – contributed cash to the Biden campaign. Many of the morons specific claims have been debunked, numerous times, by federal election security experts and a wide, bipartisan array of election administrators across the country.

Giuliani said Typhoid Donnie’s campaign withdrew one case in Michigan because its goal was to get the Wayne County board to decertify and they did. FACT A lie - The county's results were certified on Tuesday night.

Goofy Rudy said one of the reasons the Republicans did not certify in Wayne County, Michigan, was because the over-vote was so high. What I'm describing to you is a massive fraud." FACT Just a lie.

Giuliani claimed more than 600,000 ballots in Pennsylvania "weren't inspected which renders them ballots that are null and void." FACT - This is a lie. Nothing is illegitimate about those ballots. A Pennsylvania Supreme Court justice decided the Philadelphia County board of elections complied with the law in how it allowed observers access to the canvassing process.

Giuliani falsely claimed mail-in ballots are "prone to fraud." FACT - Election experts have indicated time and time again that mail-in ballots are a safe form of voting and not subject to widespread fraud.

Giuliani stated US Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito intervened in Pennsylvania and told the state that, "any ballot that comes in after 8 o'clock on November 3, 2020 had to be put aside and not opened." FACT - It's a lie. Alito ordered counties not to open ballots received after 8 p.m. on Election Day. Instead, Alito directed county boards of election to follow the guidance issued by the Pennsylvania Secretary of State, calling for segregating ballots arriving November 4-6, and to keep them separate even if they were counted.

Dumber than a box of Palin’s, Sydney Powell claimed voting machines from the election technology company Dominion Voting Systems featured software created "at the direction" of former Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez to swing his own election results, and that the company has ties to the Clinton Foundation and Soros. FACT – A lie, Dominion has no corporate ties with Venezuela, the Clinton Foundation or Soros.

One of the most amazingly stupid of the most outlandish claims of the press conference, Powell also said the software used by Dominion "can set and run an algorithm that probably ran all over the country to take a certain percentage of votes from President Trump and flip them to President Biden." FACT – Another lie. There is absolutely no evidence of this happening. Federal officials have said numerous times there was no fraud or irregularities during the election, and most states use paper ballots that can be audited to double-check the vote totals.

Vince Gors

Does the Medical Field have a Name for the Sickness you have of needing to take a Dozen Paragraphs to explain onother of your Wacko Theory's?

BigBob

It is always fun to watch these conservative/fascists prove their ignorance by claiming facts taken from a news briefing are a "theory." Facts are facts and the truth never changes. Suck it up, buttercup.

Dawn King

Simon, don’t you find it just a little inconsistent for your Orange messiah to say on one hand that COVID-19 was a hoax perpetrated by the democrats, and on the other, to authorize taxpayer dollars to accelerate the development of a vaccine for that same hoax, that allegedly would disappear when the weather got warmer, or after Nov 3? We are caught in this COVID inspired Groundhog Day because the current president-reject has continually disparaged our scientists and medical experts and publicly downplayed the seriousness of this disease as demonstrated by the refusal of the majority of his cult followers to wear masks. Credit should be only be given to the people who worked around this jerk to push ahead OWS, not to twumpy himself.

simon1dog

Dawn - I don't believe any of this. CNN facts more or less?

BigBob

Of course you don't, little simon, all you believe in is "Gummies 'R' Us!"

BigBob

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert who has guided the U.S. through the pandemic, projected Americans could expect their first doses of an approved coronavirus vaccine as early as April.

But, but, Typhoid Donnie said "just a couple of weeks!" Oh, wait I forgot that POS lies all of the time, about everything. And that, Jack, is a fact!

BigBob

“…he has moved decisively and with impact on the virus from early on…”

Oh yeah? Explain the following –

1. He shut down the Global Health Security and Bio-defense agency.

2. He fired Homeland Security Advisor Tom Bossart in 2018, whose job was to coordinate a response to global pandemics. He was not replaced.

3. In 2018 Dr. Luciana Borio, the NSC director for medical and bio-defense preparedness left the job and was not replaced.

4. In 2018, at the direction of trump, the CDC stopped funding epidemic prevention activities in 39 countries, including CHINA.

5. The NSC’s Senior Director for Global Health Security and biodefense, Tim Ziemer, left the position on May 8, 2018 and was not replaced. The departure occurred the same day that the WHO announced a new Ebola outbreak in Africa.

6. In June 2019, the trump administration discontinued the CDC medical epidemiologist position that was embedded in China – That person left China in July, a few months before the coronavirus hit China. The position’s purpose was to DETECT disease outbreaks IN CHINA.

7. Amid the worldwide outbreak a 19% cut to the budget of the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, a 10% cut to Public Health Services, and a 7% cut to Global Health Services, the organizations that respond to public health threats were all engineered by, yep, trump.

8. One of the more brilliant ides from trump was ingesting disinfectants as a potential “cure.”

9. He chose Mike Pence, not a doctor, to oversee the US pandemic response.

10. Trump sowed doubt about the severity of the virus, using the word HOAX at events and rallies, even doing so at events where the virus was spread.

11. In yet another brilliant move trump declined to use the WHO’s test. In January, within a week of finding out about China’s mysterious virus, Berlin virologists produced the first diagnostic test. By February, the WHO shipped the tests to 60 countries. Trump declined taking any WHO tests even as a temporary bridge.

12. Trump pretended the virus had been contained many, many times. You’ve seen his quotes.

13. On January 31 he imposed travel restrictions on China. Nevertheless, he continued to allow China flights with over 40,000 people coming in. The US did NOT test anyone arriving from 14 Trump stopped distribution of useful information concerning the pandemic many times. He halted CDC guideline release as states began to open, later allowing release of watered-down guidelines on May 20, long after many states reopened. Church reopening guidelines were deleted. Within 48 hours of the release, he demanded that churches be opened immediately.

15. On March 19, trump said: “Nobody knew there would be a pandemic or epidemic of this proportion.” Daily intelligence briefings, internal memos, and warnings from past Presidents offer evidence this was NOT true.

16. On March 20 with a straight face trump tells America: “I don’t take responsibility at all.”

19. On April 21, trump removes the nation’s top vaccine expert, Dr. Rick Bright, as head of the CDC’s Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority. The removal is retribution for Dr. Bright challenging the trump’s pseudo-science claims, particularly his unwillingness to support trump’s rabid endorsement of an unproven drug.

20. Trump relentlessly searches for scapegoats – he has blamed the CDC, China, Obama, the WHO, “flawed” studies, the Democrats, Pelosi, governors, and he continues to seek out new scapegoats and distractions to deflect.

Vince Gors

CRY ME A RIVER!!

BigBob

No. Now tell us why all you can come up with is the usual crap instead of actually addressing the issue at hand, ie, if Typhoid Donnie wasn't so stupid a good percentage of the quarter-of-a million innocent American men, women and children would still be alive.

Too old for this

"Trump relentlessly searches for scapegoats – he has blamed the CDC, China, Obama, the WHO, “flawed” studies, the Democrats, Pelosi, governors, and he continues to seek out new scapegoats and distractions to deflect.

At least he had some options. You have only Trump to blame for every perceived wrong on the planet. How do you live with so much hate?

IcePick

biGboB. Get Craig Lounsbrough your Life Coach on the Phone or Zoom tell him you need a double session or your money back! [ninja]

CVA-42

Bozo is way beyond help........

BigBob

Who is this "biGboB" you constantly refer to?

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