MSNBC Contributor on Vaccine by November: ‘Science Isn’t Magic’
MSNBC contributor Shawna Thomas explained on Thursday that developing a Coronavirus vaccine wasn’t easy and even if it was ready before the November election, the logistics involved would be laborious. Thomas was responding to President Donald Trump’s stated desire to roll out a vaccine by October or November.
“But he is remarkably consistent in his ability to divide and I think this goes back to the election. He wants a vaccine before November. That seems to be election related,” Thomas said.
“He wants to seem like a strong person in charge who doesn’t necessarily need a mask. That is election related and Woodward’s book, at least what I’ve read about it, I still haven’t read it, I’m sorry about that Bob Woodward, points to this idea that everything is about him, is in context of him as the election is.
“And so whatever he appears to think will get him closer to winning re-election is what he’s going to say but I think the one thing that strikes me about this, especially in that conversation between Dr. Redfield and President Trump, is it seemed like Dr. Redfield was saying something I’ve been thinking for a while, which is science isn’t magic. These vaccines and these vaccine companies are moving at an incredibly quick rate.”
“I think everyone in the country, no matter what party wants a vaccine because that will perhaps get us back to something closer to the normal lives we used to lead but this isn’t magic,” Thomas said.
“Let’s say we have a vaccine by November or December, the amount of coordination and logistics that will be involved to get it produced and then get it to — out in the states and then decide is it the elderly who get it, is it First Responders who get it first, is it children who get it first?”
“Whatever that is, it’s going to take a massive amount of federal government logistics to get it done and it doesn’t seem like we are treating this as though we have a huge, huge project to do because it appears because the President’s eye is only on saying things that will make everybody feel better before we get to the election.”
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