President Donald Trump is not enjoying a lot of a task within the rollout of the coronavirus vaccine, both as a result of he would not wish to or as a result of the brand new crew coming into the White Home would not need him to. Plus, a take a look at the “deep state” scientists who helped develop a vaccine.
Trump Sits Out Debut Of Covid-19 Vaccine That He Long Championed
The primary shipments of a coronavirus vaccine created by Pfizer Inc. and German firm BioNTech SE arrived on Monday, with front-line health-care staff receiving injections on stay tv to mark the event. The rollout coincides with the U.S. setting information for every day instances, every day deaths and hospitalizations. The president has had little to say about any of it, past a single congratulatory tweet buried amongst a stream of false assertions and conspiracy theories concerning the election he misplaced. He has not made a public look since Saturday, when he attended the Military-Navy soccer sport on the U.S. Army Academy at West Level. (Wingrove, 12/16)
Trump-Biden Divide Hampers Covid Vaccine Trust-Building Effort
Donald Trump desires credit score for a pandemic-defeating vaccine, however is aggrieved Joe Biden received’t give it to him. Biden desires assist selling the vaccine to cautious Individuals, however isn’t anticipated to ask Trump to help. The result’s that regardless that the nation’s two most high-profile leaders each declare to need the identical factor — sufficient vaccinations to eradicate the pandemic — hyperpartisan divisions are stopping them from serving to one another obtain that objective. (Kumar, Ollstein and McGraw, 12/15)
The Washington Post:
How The ‘Deep State’ Scientists Vilified By Trump Helped Him Deliver An Unprecedented Achievement
The truth is, the lightning-fast improvement of two main coronavirus vaccines occurred each due to and regardless of Trump — maybe essentially the most anti-science president in trendy historical past, who has beforehand flirted with anti-vaccine views and savaged those that cited scientific proof to press for primary public well being measures in response to the pandemic. (Abutaleb, McGinley and Johnson, 12/14)
In different information from the Trump administration —
Melania Trump Breaks Children’s Hospital Rules By Taking Her Mask Off To Read To Patients
First woman Melania Trump broke said masks coverage at Kids’s Nationwide Hospital Tuesday when she eliminated her masks to learn a vacation e book to youngsters. Trump, who has visited youngsters on the hospital every year throughout her time as first woman, continued the custom regardless of the coronavirus pandemic and report instances in Washington, DC. (Klein, 12/15)
The Washington Post:
Hundreds Of Invitees Skip Mike Pompeo’s Indoor Holiday Party At State Department
Solely a tiny fraction of the greater than 900 friends invited to an indoor vacation get together hosted by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his spouse Susan confirmed up on Tuesday following an outcry from public well being officers and U.S. lawmakers warning that the reception bore all of the hallmarks of a superspreader occasion, stated two U.S. officers accustomed to the occasion. Pompeo, whose identify was on the invitation and who was scheduled to talk on the occasion, canceled his speech and tapped a substitute speaker, stated the 2 officers. The occasion was devoted to the members of the family of diplomats serving abroad in harmful postings that require them to go away their spouses and youngsters behind, equivalent to in Iraq or Afghanistan. (Hudson, 12/15)
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