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Opinion If Trump announces a preelection COVID vaccine, who'd believe him — or go and get one?

16:45  28 september  2020
16:45  28 september  2020 Source:   usatoday.com

Trump's Covid-19 vaccine timeline is seriously wishful thinking. Here's why.

  Trump's Covid-19 vaccine timeline is seriously wishful thinking. Here's why. Creating a safe vaccine is just one step. We then need to distribute it to a huge number of Americans.There’s an obvious political reason why Trump — or other lawmakers — might wish to get our hopes up about a vaccine before the November election. But based on my 35 years spent developing drugs for serious medical conditions, including AIDS and sepsis, this is unlikely to happen as quickly as some politicians have told us.

President Donald Trump unveiled a crash effort on Friday aimed at developing a coronavirus vaccine by the end of the year but said the country would return to normal with or without one .

But Mr. Trump has insisted a vaccine may be ready as early as next month — and he sounded more than a little skeptical about the new guidelines. After he went missing, South Korean ships and planes conducted an extensive search but could not find him before he drifted into North Korean waters.

What kind of person would lie to a nation desperate for a vaccine that could save hundreds of thousands of lives and return our daily life to something resembling normal? The kind of person who, with his drive to wipe out health coverage and consumer protections for tens of millions, has been toying with cancer patients for years.

Last week, President Donald Trump issued “Executive Order on An America-First Healthcare Plan,” which proclaims “a steadfast commitment” to protecting Americans with preexisting conditions. In reality, it’s nothing more than “government propaganda,” says Nicholas Bagley, a professor at the University of Michigan Law School. At best, it’s a “pinky promise" to protect people with preexisting conditions, tweeted Larry Levitt, executive vice president for health policy at the Kaiser Family Foundation.

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Trump Officials and the C. D .C. Flu Shots and Covid . First -responders, for example, may be weighted more heavily than, say, very sick patients who are The goal is to prevent haphazard or inequitable distribution of a treatment or vaccine when there isn’t enough to go around. But getting that data would be more complicated, because vaccine distribution may involve tens of millions of

a person standing on top of a refrigerator: A lab tech on Sept. 2, 2020, in Miami. © Taimy Alvarez/AP A lab tech on Sept. 2, 2020, in Miami.

It was inevitable that this latest attempt to issue a “healthcare plan” would result in a pinky-promise joke. It’s a joke because the real threats to Americans with preexisting conditions are from Trump and his party. They are what Americans need protection from.

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Bent on killing ACA and its safeguards

If Trump and Republicans just did nothing, cancer patients, parents of medically fragile children and hundreds of thousands of Americans seeking help with opioid addiction would not have to worry about their insurance being ripped out from under them.

After a Republican majority in both houses of Congress failed in 2017 to repeal the vast bulk of the Affordable Care Act, the historic 2010 law that ended discrimination against people with health conditions, the president has never stopped trying to erase the ACA’s protections. His administration has approved short-term plans that can refuse to cover preexisting conditions and is backing a lawsuit that would void the entire law on a literal technicality.

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The first of these to enter human trials – one produced by Boston-based biotech company Moderna Some of the Covid -19 vaccine projects are using these tried-and-tested approaches, but others are The problem is making sure the vaccine gets to all those who need it. This is a challenge even within

And Tory MP Steve Baker, who plans to rebel against Mr Johnson if the current Speaker chooses Sir Graham's amendment for a Commons vote, said Britons were no longer living like free people due to the restrictions. He wrote: ' I believe that the case for keeping these provisions remains strong

The lawsuit, brought by Republican attorneys general from 18 states, could allow insurers to deny coverage to up to 133 million Americans with medical conditions or raise their rates to unaffordable levels.

Among them could be the more than 7 million who have tested positive for COVID-19. An additional 21 million could lose their health insurance, including 12 million who get coverage through the law's Medicaid expansion. And all 165 million Americans on private insurance would again face caps on expensive lifesaving treatments, plunging most of the country back into the days when you had to choose between your health and bankruptcy.

The death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg gives Trump a chance to hustle a new, extremely conservative justice onto the Supreme Court before this case is heard. Confirming Amy Coney Barrett would greatly increase the likelihood of a devastating ruling that would gut the ACA and shatter our system of delivering health care. And it would happen in the middle of the worst pandemic of this century.

Of course, Trump would like you to forget that whole pandemic part of the story.

That’s why he rarely wears a mask, why he has taken $300 million from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention budget to spend on a propaganda ad blitz to “defeat despair,” according to Politico, and why he’s rushing toward a vaccine that his administration suspiciously insisted public health officials be ready to announce in late October or early November.

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The vaccine being used in Africa comes from the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) – which is supported and funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Research continued and the first vaccine approved – the Salk vaccine produced by Cutter labs.

If one of those vaccines is used world-wide, conservationist group Shark Allies believe around 250,000 sharks will need to be slaughtered to provide one According to the World Health Organisation ( WHO ) there are 40 candidate vaccines for Covid -19 in clinical evaluation and 142 vaccines in preclinical

Trump’s lust for this announcement looks to be the most predictable “October surprise” in the history of presidential campaigns. And it’s so transparently cynical that the public is already expressing massive skepticism. Only 26% of Americans in a recent poll said they trust Trump’s comments about a COVID-19 vaccine. A majority, 52%, said they don’t.

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And scientists seem to be even more worried than the public. Last week, Nature reported that “fears have intensified that political meddling could see a vaccine approved for emergency use without sufficient evidence that it works.”

A desperate political gambit could destroy the integrity of a process that requires overwhelming public buy-in to have any hopes of being effective. And the president’s investment in a vaccine as a cure-all for Americans’ health and his campaign ignores the science saying that even after a vaccine is introduced, it will be a long while before we get back to anything resembling "normalcy."

Exciting innovation called masks

Trump’s miracle cure approach to COVID-19 mirrors his assault on preexisting condition protections. Just as he could save preexisting conditions protections by simply dropping his assault on them, he could be touting an exciting medical innovation that’s likely to be even more effective than any new vaccine — masks.

CDC Director Robert Redfield told the Senate Appropriations Committee that a “face mask is more guaranteed to protect me against COVID than when I take a COVID vaccine, because the immunogenicity may be 70%. And if I don't get an immune response, the vaccine is not going to protect me. This face mask will.”

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Professor Mark Woolhouse sits on one of Government's expert Covid -19 panels. He said it is 'doubtful' a Boris Johnson last week announced fresh coronavirus restrictions to slow the spread of the ‘ I have to say that most people I have talked to who are involved in vaccine development think that we

Experts say it will take time to establish herd immunity against COVID -19 in the United States, even with a vaccine . In a recent town hall with ABC News, President Donald Trump repeated claims that the coronavirus would “ go away [during] a period of time” because people would develop a “herd mentality.”

Redfield was then forced to walk back these comments because they conform to reality but not Trump’s con on COVID-19.

We know how to contain this virus while we wait for an effective vaccine, as Dr. Anthony Fauci tried to explain to Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky. — masks, social distancing, socialize outdoors more than indoors, avoid crowds and wash hands.

Trump has not in any serious way advocated any of these things. His rallies are mass advertisements for mocking those key principles. And his continued rush to reopen without any national testing or tracing plan helped America continue to lead the world in total COVID-19 cases and deaths.

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Trump spent his career blowing things he inherited, leading businesses into bankruptcy and making a show of how he fired people. This turned out to be an excellent predictor of how he’d lead us into the 27 straight weeks of the worst job losses in American history.

But the best predictor of how he’d blow his response to this pandemic is the ease with which he has toyed with the health care of those who need it most.

The president should not be the one to announce any vaccine, especially one that’s rushed to come out before election season is over. And all decent Republicans should say so. If they don’t, they are helping him wage germ warfare on the American people.

Jason Sattler, a writer based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, is a member of USA TODAY’s Board of Contributors and host of "The GOTMFV Show" podcast. Follow him on Twitter: @LOLGOP

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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: If Trump announces a preelection COVID vaccine, who'd believe him — or go and get one?

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