MSNBC Morning Joe anchor Joe Scarborough, a frequent critic of Donald Trump, praised the former president for putting “everything in place,” for the rapid development of the Covid-19 vaccine.
“I certainly don’t want to belabor the point, because I don’t want to make a lot of people that watch this show and don’t want to hear anything positive about Donald Trump spit their cereal into the television set,” he said. “But you go back to June of 2020, and they selected J&J. They selected Pfizer. They selected Merck. They selected AZ (AstraZeneca). And they selected Moderna. And I remember when they selected Moderna, like, who? It was a smaller company.”
“And that was in June of 2020….we selected, much better, the Trump administration selected much better than Europe, obviously. And then you look at what those companies did from June forward to the end of the year, come on. This is ridiculous. It’s a miracle. Got everything in place.”
Scarborough did criticize Trump for the logistics of rolling out the vaccines — which he left to the states — while President Joe Biden has injected the federal government into the process, but he still felt that he needed to give credit where credit was due as the nation reached the 200 million mark in vaccinations.
“But again, you look at the selection process; the Trump administration selected the right companies. Obviously, a lot of countries across the world did not. Then doubled down, as gene said, bought a lot of the vaccines. And then these companies just went — it’s unbelievable at the warp speed that they went at. And then Biden came in and figured out how to get it across — I mean, we’re doing so much better than Europe right now.”
While the media has lauded the Biden administration for the rapid deployment of vaccines, they have ignored the role the Trump administration played in setting the stage by cutting thede red tape to the degree that the vaccine was developed in months and not years as is normally the case and potentially saving tens of thousands of lives as a result because it doesn’t fit their narrative.