During the campaign, Joe Biden saw the coronavirus and allegations that President Trump was reckless as his best chance for the White House.
In October, Biden and Trump squared off inside Belmont University in Nashville and one of the topics was the vaccine and its timetable. Trump struck an optimistic tone. He said a specific date was not certain, but a vaccine was on the horizon.
Kristen Welker, the reporter from NBC, reminded Trump that he previously said the vaccine was coming within weeks. She asked, “Is that a guarantee?”
Trump had to admit that it was “not a guarantee,” but insisted that it was a good chance to have one by the end of the year.”
Biden, who, every time he left his basement, tried to call out Trump’s COVID-19 response, told Welker, “We’re about to go into a dark winter.” He also questioned the wisdom of those who would be willing to take a vaccine during a Trump presidency.
(For a moment, it is fun to imagine that Moderna or Pfizer issued press releases after the debate to back up Trump’s claim. After all, Moderna received nearly $1 billion to advance clinical trials and the U.S. ordered 100 million doses from Pfizer upon authorization to a tune of nearly $2 billion under Trump’s often-mocked Operation Warp Speed.)
Sexton said Monday marks the first day of coronavirus vaccine distribution, which is something to celebrate considering the infection rates are surging and the Electoral College is meeting today to name Biden as president. Sexton said the vaccine is hopefully the beginning of the end when it comes to the tyranny that the government has had over Americans during the pandemic.
“This is remarkable,” Sexton said. “It is a tremendous scientific achievement, and I think that it’s a shame that we have such a focus on other things right now. And there’s so much partisanship that there isn’t any willingness in the media to credit an administration.”
Sexton said the fact is that the Trump administration pulled off a miracle while facing nothing but “doubters and challengers and haters all along the way.”