CNN’s Jake Tapper, who has often criticized the Trump administration for its COVID-19 response, reversed course Monday when he credited it for an “unmitigated success” for the coronavirus vaccine breakthroughs that have been announced in the last week.
Tapper spoke with CNN chief medical correspondent Sanjay Gupta about the large surge in coronavirus cases across the country and whether or not the country is prepared to handle the surge as we head into winter.
As Gupta was speaking about the details of the vaccines, Tapper interjected, “We should take a moment, as we always have when discussing vaccine and Operation Warp Speed, that this is — you know, putting aside all of the failures of the Trump administration when it comes to the coronavirus, and there are lots — this is an unmitigated success and we should acknowledge that.”
“The Moderna vaccine was done with funds from Operation Warp Speed and the Pfizer one has funding when it comes to the distribution and manufacture,” he added. “I just think it’s important that people working so hard… get credit for this and President Trump was the one who okayed this.”
Tapper then congratulated “all the scientists, everyone behind this all the way up to President Trump and Vice President Pence,” for the breakthrough and fast-tracking the vaccines.
Gupta said he was surprised at how quickly the vaccine development and approval process went — normally, something that takes years whittled down to months, and that as a result, “the pace of medical innovation has been forever changed.”