By Duncan Smith
President Donald Trump has, for months, promised to deliver a coronavirus vaccine in record time.
He’s likened the project to the United States’ development of the atom bomb to end World War II.
He has instructed his administration to cut through as much red tape as possible to speed development safely.
The president’s detractors think him a fool and a blowhard for making such a pledge.
But his supporters know him and they know his can-do nature. He’s a builder, after all.
So that’s what makes a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announcement to states to prepare for a vaccine before Election Day so amazing — and hopeful.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is pressing governors to ready coronavirus vaccine distribution sites before Election Day.
'CDC urgently requests your assistance in expediting applications for these distribution facilities … and, if necessary, asks that you consider waiving requirements that would prevent these facilities from becoming fully operational by November 1, 2020,' CDC Director Robert Redfield wrote in a letter to governors.
In the Aug. 27 letter, obtained by McClatchy, Redfield urged states to fast-track permits and to make vaccine distribution sites fully operational to guarantee 'the success of this urgent public health program.'
There has yet to be a vaccine for the coronavirus that has been proven safe and effective through clinical trials, though many are in the late stages of development. President Trump has said that a vaccine could be ready before Election Day despite his advisers, such as top government infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci, saying that it will take until the end of the year or the beginning of 2021.
Redfield added in his letter that waiving some licensing requirements for distribution sites 'will not compromise the safety or integrity of the products being distributed,' but he did not expand on the federal government's plans for distributing the first doses of the vaccine.
There could be other reasons for this request, but what would make sense other than the Trump administration is preparing to roll out a vaccine — which, of course, would dramatically help his reelection chances?
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