Former presidents are gaining ground as America begins its fiercest battle against Covid-19 before the new vaccines, soon to be approved by U.S. regulators, bring relief. However, there is little evidence that the current president is willing to call on the nation to fight the exacerbation of the pandemic before vaccines are available to most Americans.
The reality is that the months of December, January and February will be difficult. I sincerely believe they will be the most difficult in the history of public health in this country, said Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, who is warning of a possible 450,000 deaths early next year.
Meanwhile, the White House Coronavirus Task Force has just issued its most disturbing warning to states.
Kovid’s risk to all Americans is at an all-time high, the group said at a briefing by Betsy Klein of CNN.
Such warnings would have had a far greater impact if they had come from the mouth of the country’s most powerful man – who has just shown his remarkable influence on his supporters by winning more than 70 million votes in the election.
But such a message – one that would reflect the demands of health experts and other foreign leaders – would require the president to acknowledge that his consistent policies to trivialize the pandemic, mock the use of masks and social distance, and claim that the crisis is over, is wrong and costs lives.
The past three former presidents hope that an information campaign to build confidence in the safety and efficacy of the vaccine will be an important factor in convincing Americans that they have confidence in it.
Freddy Ford, the Bush Chief of Staff, told CNN that the 43rd Bush Congress is the largest in the world. Anthony Fauci, the country’s leading infectious disease expert, and Dr. Deborah Burns, a member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, to learn how he can help promote the vaccine. President Bush will line up for his, and he’ll be happy to do that for the cameras, Ford said.
Spokesman Clinton told CNN that he, too, is willing to use the vaccine in public places to promote it.
In an interview with SiriusXM scheduled for Thursday, Obama said he will take the vaccine if Fauci says the vaccine is safe. After all, I can put it on TV or get it so people know I trust science, and what I don’t trust is getting Covid, he said.
Their approach is reminiscent of previous cases where former General Chiefs of Staff joined forces during a national or international crisis, such as when Clinton and the late ex-President George W. Bush worked together after the 2004 tsunami disaster in Southeast Asia. In 2017, Clinton, former President Bush and former President Jimmy Carter jointly appealed for donations to help fight the hurricane.
Trump, which competed with the Washington political establishment in 2016, showed little interest in joining the club of former presidents.
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On Wednesday, Trumpf turned to the nation, but only in a 46-minute video full of lies on social networking sites – in which Facebook and Twitter both posted quick alerts – and repeated his false claims that the election had been stolen.
When he thinks of the virus, it was during the stew that British Prime Minister Boris Johnson became the first Western leader to announce the approval of the first vaccine on Wednesday – the United States is expected to follow in a few days.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Dr. Stephen Khan, has been called to the White House twice in two days to explain why there will be no America for vaccines.
Someone who knows the president’s thoughts also told Kristen Holmes and Sarah Murray of CNN that Trump wanted to throw away as much vaccine as possible before he left his office.
He doesn’t want Biden to get a loan, the man said.
The tragedy of the coming months is that there will be tens of thousands of deaths at a time when the vaccines, which seem to produce impressive results in clinical trials, are coming into sight. In this sense, the losses will be like a last useless death in a long and useless foreign war before the guns are finally silenced.
President-elect Joe Biden, who will give his first interview with Vice President Kamala Harris on Thursday after his election to CNN as Jake Tapper, reported that health workers want to hear from national leaders.
The aim is to return to normality as soon as possible. Masks are very important. It’s not going to be forever, but it’s the way we’re going to get our nation back, Biden said in a speech shortly after his election victory last month, in which he outlined a dramatic shift in the president’s leadership on the pandemic after taking office March 20. January – by then thousands of Americans will be dead.
Current approach – Madness
Dr. Jonathan Rainer, a renowned cardiologist and professor at George Washington University, said the impending massacre could be mitigated with simple measures, which the president has often condemned.
Next week we’ll be talking about 3,000 deaths a day, every day of the 11th week. In September, Rainer told CNN correspondent Erin Burnett…
We have to disguise ourselves. We need social distance. In some places where the situation is really bad, we have to close things down, like bars and restaurants. We cannot continue as we are doing now and expect a different result. This is insane.
While the British Prime Minister clearly took advantage of the moment when he was finally able to announce the good news – after dark months of criticism of his handling of the virus, which at one point made him seriously ill – he softened his tone by calling on people to stay a little longer in the crisis.
It will inevitably take several months to protect all the most vulnerable, long, cold months, Johnson said at 10 Downing Street.
It is all the more important that we are not too optimistic about this scientific achievement. Or fall into the naive belief that the fight is over.
Such a message has not yet been conveyed by the President. In fact, he sends exactly the opposite and anticipates another potential Victory Rally Georgia super-spreader on Saturday to support the two GOP candidates.
And the White House continues its annual series of ceremonies – the kind of intense private functions that can expose guests, and White House staff in particular, to the risks that government experts warn.
White House spokeswoman Kaylie McEnanie briefed reporters on Wednesday and brought staff and guests who had violated the strict policy of masking journalists to the briefing room.
If you can rob shops, burn down buildings, you can participate in events, you can go to a Christmas party, you can celebrate Christmas and do it responsibly, said Mackenny, emphasizing that fewer guests will be available at parties, hand sanitizing stations and masks.
However, at the first party of the season on Tuesday night, there were few signs of significant social distance, according to CNN sources.
McEnani’s remark symbolized a hyperpolitical approach to the virus, which contributed to one of the least successful responses to the pandemic in the United States. This attitude, combined with the social fatigue of everyday life that has been shelved, is one of the reasons why experts fear that the time it takes for vaccines to become widely available is so terrible.
The vaccines look really good, and it’s amazing to say that only 10 or 11 months after hearing the virus for the first time, Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institute of Health, talked about the war room.
But they won’t reach everyone until spring. And in the meantime, if ever there was a time when people had to take responsibility for trying not to be super-distributive to all the vulnerable people who are still out there… then now is the time to double the bet.