In what is sure to be a controversial statement, President Trump has indicated that a coming coronavirus vaccine could bridge the gap between healthcare and national security in a profound way.
Our nation is currently working overtime in an effort to beat back an invisible enemy known as COVID-19. As it stands today, our only weapon in this war is social distancing, but it comes at the cost of vastly harming our economy. In order to gain ground against this illness, we will need antibody testing as the very least, and a vaccine as soon as it is available.
But there is a problem: Vaccines have grown controversial in recent years, and are particularly loathsome in the eyes of online conspiracy theorists. There will undoubtedly be pushback on this plan.
Perhaps that is why Trump is suggesting that the military get involved.
President Trump says he would “rapidly” mobilize the U.S. military to distribute a coronavirus vaccine once it’s ready, focusing first on nursing homes and the elderly most vulnerable to deadly complications from the virus. Mr. Trump made the comments during an interview with Fox Business’ Maria Bartiromo.
“We’re mobilizing our military and other forces but we’re mobilizing our military on the basis that we do have a vaccine. You know, it’s a massive job to give this vaccine. Our military is now being mobilized so at the end of the year we’re going to be able to give it to a lot of people very, very rapidly,” the president said.
“We will have a tremendous force because assuming we get it, then you have to distribute it,” he added. “And unless you’re mobilized and ready, you’re not going to be able to do it for a long time. So we’re starting now.”
President Trump has indicated his hope that a vaccine will be available by year’s end, which will give the tinfoil hat folks plenty of time to discuss the situation.
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