America has achieved something many thought was impossible, and President Donald Trump was instrumental at making it happen.
Trump took a well-deserved victory lap when he announced that the FDA approved Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine Friday. The president called the development and approval of the vaccine at unprecedented breakneck speed a “medical miracle.”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 12, 2020
“Today, our nation has achieved a medical miracle. We have delivered a safe and effective vaccine in just nine months,” Trump began in his address to the nation posted on Twitter Friday night. “This is one of the greatest scientific accomplishments in history. It will save millions of lives and soon end the pandemic once and for all.”
The president explained that the government gave pharmaceutical companies a “great deal of money, hoping this would be the outcome — and it was.” He thanked all of the professionals involved, adding that the vaccines developed by Pfizer and Moderna have a near 95% effective rate and were well-studied and passed the “gold standard of safety” after rigorous trials.
Trump promised that the first of the initial 100 million doses of the vaccine the government ordered would be administered “in less than 24 hours,” and that elderly people and first responders would be prioritized. The president also said the doses would be free “for all Americans.”
“When the China virus invaded our shores, I promised that we would produce a vaccine in record time before the end of the year,” Trump reminded viewers. “They said it couldn’t be done. But with today’s announcement, we have now achieved that goal.”
With vaccines ready to go so quickly to solve such a grave problem, Trump proved that he was a president who understood what made America great (to paraphrase his famous 2016 campaign slogan and mantra). “Today’s achievement is a reminder of America’s unlimited potential when we have the will and the courage to pursue ambitious goals.”
“The pandemic may have begun in China, but we are ending it, right here, in America. Operation Warp Speed is the greatest medical manufacturing endeavor in American history,” Trump concluded. “We are deeply grateful to every person who has worked round the clock on this monumental, national project to save lives.”
Many conservatives were skeptical of Trump when he ran in 2016, unsure of what kind of president this real estate tycoon-turned-politician would be. However, through four arduous years of constant attacks from those on the left and inconsistent and even absent support from those on the right, he still did all he set out to do. The coronavirus pandemic and orchestrated campaign to use it against him in the 2020 presidential election may have dealt his campaign the death blow, but his supporters will never forget the great man who made the “moonshot” happen — and he will be revered as one of America’s best presidents because of it.