In what could be a stunning development in the battle against the coronavirus pandemic, the Trump administration is telling all 50 states to prepare for a COVID-19 vaccine by November 1st.
According to numerous publications including the Daily Beast, “The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has sent letters to all 50 state governors urging them to lay the groundwork for a coronavirus vaccine to become available by November 1, days before the 2020 presidential election.”
In urging the governors to prepare facilities for the distribution of the vaccine, the director, Dr. Robert Redfield, wrote, “CDC urgently requests your assistance in expediting applications for these distribution facilities, and, if necessary, asks that you consider waiving requirements that would prevent these facilities from becoming fully operational by Nov. 1, 2020.”
Further, the Daily Beast reports, “President Donald Trump has suggested there will be a vaccine available before the end of the year in multiple speeches. Responding to criticism that the Nov. 1 date reeked of political pressure, Dr. Stephen Hahn, leader of the Food and Drug Administration, tweeted, “We all recognize that the public will have confidence in our decisions only if they are supported by the science.””
True, there are those who will state this development “reeks” of politics. Then again, many more will welcome the early distribution of a vaccine that could save lives and allow the American economy to thrive once again.
What do you think? Would you welcome a vaccine just before election day? Please comment below.