Oh to be a fly on the wall of Pelosi’s mansion when she watched Dr. Anthony Fauci’s boss praise Trump for the incredible speed at which he produced a vaccine. National Institutes of Health director Francis Collins tells “Axios on HBO” that the Trump administration deserves credit for the “breathtaking” speed of COVID vaccine development.
When Axios editor-in-chief Nicholas Johnston asked Collins about the Trump administration’s record, “Mask-wearing aside, what did they get right?”
Collins quickly responded that the previous administration’s Operation Warp Speed, which was a surprise — both in its necessity and its ambition — to many in the NIH, was a big winner in his book.
“The Operation Warp Speed, for which I give a great deal of credit to [former HHS] Secretary [Alex] Azar, was an effort that many of us were not initially convinced was going to be necessary,” Collins said.
The director pointed out that the agency actually looked at the Trump plan as something akin to the “Manhattan Project” because of its enormity and complexity.
“And it was thought about as a ‘Manhattan Project,'” Collins continued. “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 effort “was an incredibly important step forward that the administration deserves credit for, because that did motivate a lot of actions, a lot of coordination.”
The fact that there were two vaccines ready to go by December “is just breathtaking,” he added.
“That that got done in 11 months from when we first knew about this virus is at least five years faster than it’s ever been before,” Collins said.
“That got done in 11 months,” he said. Adding that “that’s at least 5 years faster than it has ever been done before”.
This is a good time to remind everyone how Democrats and the left-wing media swore that Trump’s vaccines were poison and then ironically pushed those vaccines as if they were the ones who cut the red tape to make them available. The media has worked overtime trying to make Trump’s successful rollout a win for Biden. Even claiming that the administration left nothing for Biden to work with.