Coronavirus

Trump’s Belligerence May Slow Vaccine Development

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Vaccines for the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, are already in development across the world, but their development may take longer than they otherwise should because Trump has essentially blacklisted the World Health Organization.

Trump recently ordered his regime to withdraw funding from the organization, which was bad enough, but the regime also apparently won't participate in any of the organization's initiatives including their most important one: the initiative to speed development of a vaccine.

(Reuters) - The United States will not take part in the launching of a global initiative on Friday to speed the development, production and distribution of drugs and vaccines against COVID-19, a spokesman for the U.S. mission in Geneva told Reuters.

"There will be no U.S. official participation", he said in an email reply to a query. "We look forward to learning more about this initiative in support of international cooperation to develop a vaccine for COVID-19 as soon as possible." [...]

French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel will help launch the global initiative on Friday, the U.N. agency said ahead of the 1300 GMT event.

I firmly believe that if we don't replace Trump with Joe Biden in November, even the delivery of a vaccine will be bungled if not intentionally mishandled by the Trump regime.

Virtually everything Trump touches turns to shit in any case, but there's also the high possibility that Trump would use access and distribution of the vaccine for political favors and leverage. It is not difficult at all to imagine that Trump may, for example, prioritize distribution of vaccine doses to areas of the country that support him the most. Trump has already used access to personal protective equipment (PPP) in this manner.

There is no force short of gravity itself that is greater than Trump's narcissism.

  • Draxiar

    “It is not difficult at all to imagine that Trump may, for example, prioritize distribution of vaccine doses to areas of the country that support him the most.”

    He will, without question, do this.

  • muselet

    The Trump administration will find ways to punish countries that are involved in this initiative: delays in and/or outright denial of visa applications, delays in and/or outright denial of export licenses for lab equipment and supplies, tariffs (it’s Donald Trump, he loves him some tariffs), zeroing the US’s contribution the the UN, you name it.

    And, heaven and voters forbid, if Trump is still president when a vaccine becomes available, I would expect his administration to refuse to allow it to be imported into the country (and also refuse to allow it to be manufactured here), arguing that the official regimen of hydroxychloroquine, bleach, UV radiation and Lysol is more effective.

    It will, as I keep saying, take a generation or more to undo the damage Donald Trump has caused to the US’s international standing.

    –alopecia

  • katanahamon

    Oh, now he says he was joking. Yeah, joking. 50,000 people, dead, and..he’s joking. Keep airing these pressers, media, great job..really, great job….

  • katanahamon

    Jeezus..he’s actually recommended sunlight, UV rays, bleach, and disinfectants..in the body..at a press conference. Now, he says stuff like he was being sarcastic, or, just wanted to see..so, the press conferences must be stopped. Must. Then, he should be impeached, or simply removed for endangering the public. What a FFFF’ing MORON. How much embarrassment can we take as a country? After calling a real president, President Obama a dictator amongst many other things, why aren’t we locking up Rump now?