The media and Republicans are trying to pay tribute to Trump for the coronavirus vaccine, but the truth is that the vaccines were in development months before Operation Warp Speed.
The Associated Press debunked the lie that Trump deserved credit for developing the vaccine in November 2020:
Specifically, Pfizer did not accept government funds to develop, test, or expand manufacturing capabilities under Trump's "Warp Speed" initiative to quickly find a vaccine and treatments for the disease affecting the country.
In fact, Pfizer partnered with the vaccine's original developer, German BioNTech, in March, and the following month announced the first human trial in Germany. The White House announced Operation Warp Speed in May.
The vaccines were already in development before Trump launched Operation War Speed, which was also designed as a publicity stunt to help him get re-elected. Many in the mainstream media have fallen for Trump's misrepresentation drumbeat attributing the vaccine to him.
Operation Warp Speed had its use, but it neither inspired nor developed vaccines.
Joe Biden doesn't owe Trump a loan. Biden has already paid tribute to the medical professionals and scientists who developed the vaccine.
Donald Trump let Americans die needlessly through his negligence, denial, and misinformation about the pandemic. Trump killed Americans and he cannot draw on Biden's success in cleaning up his disaster.
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Mr. Easley is the Founder / Senior Editor, White House Press Pool, and a Congressional Correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a bachelor's degree in political science. His thesis focused on public order with a specialization in social reform movements.
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Member of the Society of Professional Journalists and the American Political Science Association