Douglas Andrews / Dec. 15, 2020

A Great American Vaccine

The COVID vaccine being distributed across the nation is a win for the Trump administration — and for American ingenuity.

It’s hard to imagine what our nation’s COVID death toll would’ve been under a President Joe Biden, but we can be certain that the number would be higher than 300,000.

Consider these two stubborn facts: First, President Donald Trump shut down travel to and from China early on, a crucial decision that bought our nation time and likely avoided an early, overwhelming blow-up of COVID-19 cases. A day later, Biden called the decision “hysteria, xenophobia, and fearmongering” before flip-flopping and retroactively embracing it more than two months later.

Too late, Joe.

The other fact could be seen with our lyin’ eyes, rolling out of a Pfizer plant in Portage, Michigan, Sunday morning on so many tractor-trailers: a COVID-19 vaccine imagined, created, tested, manufactured, and now being distributed nationwide. In less than a year, compliments of Trump’s Operation Warp Speed. This, too, will save countless lives. And Biden and his ilk said it couldn’t possibly be done.

“Mainstream journalists celebrated news of the country’s first COVID-19 vaccinations on Monday,” reports National Review’s Tobias Hoonhout, “after claiming for months that the Trump administration’s push to deliver a vaccine in record time was ill-advised and unrealistic.”

“Ill-advised and unrealistic”? Remember Biden’s DNC nomination acceptance speech? That’s when Debbie Downer declared, “No miracle is coming.”

As Hoonhout continued, “CNBC reported Monday morning that the vaccine’s development ‘shattered every record in modern medical history,’ considering that Pfizer and BioNTech began their vaccine partnership on March 17 of this year. But in October, CNBC clipped a segment of the final presidential debate — in which President Trump stated that the vaccine is ‘going to be announced within weeks, and it’s going to be delivered’ — with the headline ‘President Trump says Covid-19 vaccine will be coming by the end of the year, despite contrary evidence.’”

Typical of the mainstream media’s dismissiveness — even derision — of President Trump ever since he said months ago that we could have a vaccine by year’s end was a May 15 conversation between MSNBC’s Brian Williams and the Trump-hating network’s house “expert,” Dr. Irwin Redlener, who referred to the president’s statement as “another day of POTUS in Wonderland” and “preposterous.”

Who’s looking preposterous now, Doc?

Typical of the mainstream media’s mad scramble to pour cold water on this spectacular news, to downplay this great American success story, to describe as a loss this unequivocal win for the Trump administration is the following headline from the Associated Press: “Vaccine comes too late for the 300,000 US dead.”

Really? That’s the worst you can do, AP?

The article continues down the same path of abject misery and unalloyed Trump hatred, telling us how the awful path of destruction taken by this pandemic “represents an extraordinary failure in our response” and how our efforts to resolutely cope with some 3,000 deaths per day “as though it were just business as usual … represents a moral failing.”

Good news comes out eventually, though, despite our media’s efforts to ignore it. Like the story of the first front-line worker to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

“I felt a huge sense of relief,” said Sandra Lindsay, a Jamaican immigrant and an ICU nurse at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in Queens, “hope for everyone around the world that healing is coming, that we took a step in the right direction to finally put an end to this COVID-19 pandemic.”

Responding to fears about the vaccine — fears that have been shamefully stoked by Democrats from Joe Biden and Kamala Harris on down — Lindsay said, “As a nurse, my practice is guided by the science. I believe in science. What you should not trust is COVID-19. I hope that me taking the vaccine today is an inspiration to you.”

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