By: D. Kennedy
Dr. Francis Collins, National Institute of Health director, recently praised President Trump and his administration for its “breathtaking success” of Operation Warp Speed. They were effective in getting two coronavirus vaccines developed and distributed as a pandemic response and getting shots developed and into the arms of millions of Americans by the time President Joe Biden was sworn in.
“It’s just breathtaking that that got done in 11 months from when we first knew about this virus. It is at least five years faster than it has ever been done before,” he said.
Collins marveled at the speed of the Trump Administration during a recent interview on “Axios on HBO,” where Moderna and Pfizer developed vaccines with such high efficacy rates that they were approved by the FDA by mid-December.
He mentioned the effort and recruitment of Dr. Monclef Slauoi, who led Operation Warp Speed under Trump. He said Dr. Slaoui was an important part of motivating actions and coordination within the team while treating it as a “Manhattan Project,” which was a research and development undertaking that produced the first nuclear weapons during World War II.
“Those words were used sometimes to describe what needed to happen in order to get all parts of the government together in an unprecedented way to test up to six vaccines in rigorous trials and to do this at-risk manufacturing so that if any of those trials happen to work, you would already have doses ready to go into arms. That would not be the way things are traditionally done,” Collins said.
The head of the coronavirus task force Dr. Fauci has already debunked multiple claims by Vice President Kamala Harris that the Biden Administration has to start a vaccine distribution plan “from scratch.” They led on that they would have to begin from “square one” because there was no plan in place, which could keep states in prolonged lockdowns.
Fauci was asked during a media briefing about developing a new plan and said “there’s nothing to rework.” He said the plan had obvious shortcomings, but they are certainly not starting from scratch. “I mean we’re coming in with fresh ideas, but also some ideas with … the previous administration. You can’t say it was absolutely not usable at all,” Dr. Fauci said.
Media outlets declared it a “pipe dream” and said it would take a “miracle” when former President Trump predicted a coronavirus vaccine by the end of 2020. Now, the U.S leads the world in total vaccinations, estimating around 1 million vaccinations per day.
How about that.