Finally, some good news! This weekend, the first shipments of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine rolled off the assembly line and were shipped across the country.
Portage, Michigan, home to the world headquarters of Pfizer, shipped the first doses via the Gerald R. Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids, MI.
Wood TV 8 in Grand Rapids reported, “All eyes were on West Michigan Sunday as the first shipments of Pfizer and BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine started moving out, en route to hospitals and nursing homes around the country as the nation works to end the pandemic that has killed hundreds of thousands of Americans this year.
Workers at Pfizer’s Portage facility began packing doses of the coronavirus vaccine into dry ice containers around 6:45 a.m. Sunday. Cheers erupted as the last box was packed up.”
And on Monday, the first dose of vaccine was given to a nurse on Long Island. Fox News reported, “The first dose of New York’s coronavirus vaccine supply went to a health care worker who spent the last 10 months working the front lines as the illness ripped through the state. The Northwell Health employee, who was the first to receive the vaccine on Monday, was identified as Sandra Lindsay, RN, a critical care nurse at Long Island Jewish Medical Center.”
President Trump tweeted the good news on Monday: “First Vaccine Administered. Congratulations USA! Congratulations WORLD!”
First Vaccine Administered. Congratulations USA! Congratulations WORLD!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 14, 2020
Trump can be forgiven for taking a victory lap, especially given the fact that he was laughed at by the media for predicting a vaccine would be in production by the end of the year. His Operation Warp Speed made the mass distribution of the coronavirus vaccine possible, and he made the media look like the fools they are…again.
NBC News reporter Jane Timm tweeted this beauty a few months back:
“Experts say that the development, testing and production of a vaccine for the public is still at least 12 to 18 months off, and that anything less would be a medical miracle.”
Well, that didn’t age well, did it?
Timm’s comments were part of an NBC News “fact-check” of Trump’s prediction that the vaccine would be ready by the end of the year.
Here is some advice for our “objective” news media: Don’t fact-check a prediction because you could be made to look like fools later.
Well, NBC, you guys look like damn fools now!
NBC and every other network that belittled and mocked the president for predicting the vaccine and the eventual end of the pandemic all have egg on their face now, but I haven’t heard one single one of them admit they were wrong and Trump was right.
Of course, I don’t expect that to change anytime soon.
For his part, Trump has said that he will take the vaccine himself at an “appropriate time.”
Trump taking the vaccine would do wonders for public confidence in the safety and effectiveness of the vaccine. A large number of Americans—as high as 40%—say they won’t, or at least are reluctant to take the vaccine.
As more information is revealed about the vaccine, I expect that will change. It is understandable to be a little apprehensive about something so new that will be injected into your body.
If the vaccine is a success, Operation Warp Speed might very well be the greatest accomplishment of Trump’s presidency. Ending a pandemic is a big deal!