The Trump administration deserves credit for the “dizzying” speed with which two COVID-19 vaccines were developed, said the head of Dr. Anthony Fauci.
Talking for “Axios on HBO” in an interview released late on Monday, the director of the National Institutes of Health, Dr. Francis Collins, made the comments after being asked what the previous government did in its response to the pandemic.
“Operation Warp Speed, for which I give much credit to [former Health and Human Services] secretary [Alex] Unfortunately, it was an effort that many of us were not initially convinced would be necessary, ”Collins told the program.
“It was thought of as a Manhattan Project,” he continued, referring to the program led by the United States during World War II that developed the first nuclear weapons.
“These words were sometimes used to describe what needed to happen in order to bring all parts of the government together in an unprecedented way to test up to six vaccines in rigorous tests and to make that manufacture at risk so that, if any of those tests work, you’ll have the doses ready to use, ”added Collins,“ That wouldn’t be the way things are traditionally done. ”
Collins went on to mention Dr. Moncef Slaoui, who led Operation Warp Speed under Trump, calling his recruitment “an incredibly important step that the government deserves credit for, because it motivated many actions, a lot of coordination.”
Collins marveled at how quickly pharmaceutical giants like Moderna and Pfizer developed vaccines with efficacy rates so high that they were approved by the FDA in mid-December.
“It is breathtaking that this was done in 11 months, ever since we learned about this virus. It is at least five years faster than ever. “
Last week, President Biden began blaming his predecessor for supplying the vaccine, claiming without proof that the previous government had left them with almost nothing.
“We entered the position and discovered the supply, there was no license. There was nothing in the refrigerator, figuratively and literally speaking, and there were 1 million doses a day available. We increased this, in the first few weeks we were in office, to significantly more than that. “
“Well, I saw that he said there was no vaccine when he took office, but he received an injection before taking office,” Trump told the network. “It was already in early November when we announced it, but we actually had it long before that.”
“We were giving millions of injections and millions of doses. So he is not telling the truth or is mentally disoriented, one or the other ”, continued the ex-president.