President Donald Trump and his administration’s ambitious and successful attempt to get a successful COVID-19 vaccine to the most vulnerable American citizens before the end of 2020 is an accomplishment that can never be taken away.
According to Fox News, U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams proudly explained during an appearance on Fox News’s “Fox & Friends” that the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine is “the beginning of the end” of the long, pandemic-induced nightmare that made up a bulk of the year 2020.
“It’s a great day, it’s a historic day, this is the beginning of the end, but we’ve still got a few miles left to run in this race,” Adams said.
Fox News host Steve Doocy asked the Surgeon General how it was possible that the Trump administration was able to get the virus out in unprecedented, record time, especially on the heels of many Democrats and other critics slamming the president earlier this year over his promises to get a vaccine out before the end of the year.
“There were no cutting of scientific corners, it was the cutting of administrative red tape, it was massive funding which allowed us to scale up production even as the vaccine was being produced,” Adams explained.
Adams was careful to temper expectations about the mass distribution of the vaccine, which is reportedly the U.S. government’s most difficult vaccine rollout in history.
“There will be hiccups undoubtedly, but we’ve done everything from a federal level and working with partners to make it go as smoothly as possible,” Adams said.
While the Pfizer version of the COVID-19 vaccine was loaded onto trucks over the weekend and shipped out for immediate distribution to frontline healthcare workers, Moderna’s version shows even more promise and will likely be granted emergency-use approval as soon as Friday, according to The New York Times.
While it will be left up to individual states on how they distribute the vaccines across their communities, Adams indicated that the general public will likely have access to the vaccine as early as the first quarter of 2021.