Moncef Slaoui, the chief scientist for the White House’s initiative to deliver a coronavirus vaccine before the end of the year, just announced that he would “resign instantly” if he was pressured to sign off on a vaccine for political reasons.
Pressure is growing for the pharmaceutical industry and the Trump administration to approve a vaccine for COVID-19 as soon as possible, as many top health experts have indicated that the immunization is the only way for the world to return to normal.
Slaoui, who heads up Operation Warp Speed, told Marc Thiessen, who hosts an American Enterprise Institute podcast, that under no uncertain circumstances would politics influence the speed of the vaccine’s approval.
“We may have the endpoint in October,” Slaoui told Thiessen. “We may have it on Nov. 4, who knows? We may have it on Dec. 15. That’s the answer, and to be honest, on a personal basis, I would resign instantly if I was forced to do something that I thought would be inappropriate.”
Though Democrat leaders were quick to jump on the vaccine bandwagon in April at the height of the pandemic, some have now begun to sound the alarm that Trump will force the vaccine’s approval ahead of the 2020 election.
Trump told Fox Host Geraldo Rivera on Thursday that he is “rushing” the vaccine, but not because of the election. “I’m rushing it. I am. I’m pushing everybody,” Trump said. “I want to save a lot of lives.”
You can already see that Democrats and anti-Tump health “experts” are looking for ways to delay the vaccine that Dr. Anthony Fauci said in April was the key to returning to normal. As we saw with many of the proposed treatments for COVID-19, Democrats and the mainstream media are looking for ways to undermine promising breakthroughs.
It’s not politically expedient for an effective solution to COIVD-19 to become widely available. Democrats need the US to be in crisis mode, and as the US draws closer to the election, expect to see more arguments undermining the Trump administration’s effort to speedily develop a vaccine.