After months of criticism from the many in the mainstream media who accused him of botching the response to the coronavirus pandemic, President Donald Trump’s bold prediction of a vaccine played out right on schedule.
Rebuking those who insisted it was impossible, the president is touting what he contends is a “miracle” as doses of the vaccine are being given to Americans in high-risk groups this week.
“I think that’s true”
As Becket Adams wrote in the Washington Examiner, the liberal “fact-checkers” have been proven wrong in light of the recent pharmaceutical progress.
Thus far, two companies — Pfizer and Moderna — have advanced viable candidates, fulfilling Trump’s pledge of administering a vaccine by the end of the year.
The first doses of the Pfizer vaccine were delivered on Monday in Queens, New York.
During a recent vaccine summit, Trump declared: “They say it’s somewhat of a miracle and I think that’s true.”
Without directly mentioning his naysayers in the press, the president’s remarks served as a clear denunciation of the “fact-checkers” derided in Adams’ article.
In fact, NBC News reported in May that it would take a “miracle” for Trump to meet his goal. Other news outlets vehemently disputed his administration as recently as October when officials stated that a vaccine was around the corner.
Days after Trump declared on the debate stage that the U.S. was “weeks away” from a vaccine, Pfizer and Moderna announced results from their promising trials.
While there was no way to know for certain if Trump and his administration’s Operation Warp Speed would be able to meet the ambitious target, but the president maintained an optimistic tone.
In a recent edition, The New York Times editorial board praised the “sheer speed with which doctors and scientists were able to reach this stage is a major achievement, and the early results for both vaccines are undeniably impressive.”
Of course, some Americans — particularly Republicans — remain wary of potential side effects, leading White House coronavirus task force adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci with the realization that his biggest concern about the vaccine is that Americans will choose not to receive it.