Confounding his critics in the press, Operation Warp Speed has delivered on Trump’s promise of a vaccine by the end of the year.
U.S. Gets the Vaccine
On Monday, registered nurse Sandra Lindsay became the first health care worker in New York to receive the new COVID-19 vaccine. Lindsay received her vaccination during a live-broadcast press conference held by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
“It is rooted in science, I trust science, and the alternative and what I have seen and experienced is far worse,” Lindsay said of the vaccine. “So it’s important that everyone pulls together to take the vaccine, not only to protect themselves but also to protect everyone they will come into contact with.”
Lindsay said she wanted to “instill public confidence that the vaccine is safe.”
During his conference Gov. Cuomo said, “we prioritized health care workers at the top of the list to receive the vaccine because we know that you are out there every day putting your lives in danger for the rest of us.”
“So this is the light at the end of the tunnel,” he said. “But it’s a long tunnel and we need people to continue to be doing the right thing. And the smart thing, all through the holiday season. And hopefully, when we get to about June, they estimate the vaccine can hit critical mass, but the health care workers will get it first because we know that you’re super stressed during this holiday season.”
Moments after the vaccine was administered, President Trump tweeted “First Vaccine Administered. Congratulations USA! Congratulations WORLD!”
President Trump had made various remarks on the timeline of the vaccine, many times insisting the vaccine would be available before 2021.
On May 14, President Trump wrote on Twitter “Good numbers coming out of States that are opening. America is getting its life back! Vaccine work is looking VERY promising, before end of year. Likewise, other solutions!”
Later that day he reiterated to reporters that “I think we’re going to have a vaccine by the end of the year.”
However, his statements were met with ridicule from major media outlets. Skeptical experts were quickly assembled to express their…