On Friday, President Donald Trump announced the launch of “Operation Warp Speed” which is aimed at the quick reopening of our nation’s economy and seeks the rapid development of a vaccine for the novel coronavirus.
While the president noted that his administration was prepared to deploy the full extent of the armed services to distribute such a vaccine, once it is developed, he also noted that such an immunization would be available for “everyone that wants” it, indicating that national vaccine mandates are not yet on the table.
Since the start of the global pandemic, many have been concerned by the potential medical freedom implications that the eventual development of a coronavirus vaccine could have.
Trump’s Friday speech had been closely-watched by members of the medical freedom community, who had been alarmed by comments he made a day prior during an interview with Fox Business’ Maria Bartiromo that he is prepared to deploy the US military to distribute a coronavirus vaccine.
“We’re mobilizing our military and other forces but we’re mobilizing our military on the basis that we do have a vaccine. You know, it’s a massive job to give this vaccine. Our military is now being mobilized so at the end of the year we’re going to be able to give it to a lot of people very, very rapidly,” the president told Bartiromo on Thursday, according to CBS News.
“We will have a tremendous force because assuming we get it, then you have to distribute it,” he added. “And unless you’re mobilized and ready, you’re not going to be able to do it for a long time. So we’re starting now.”
On Friday, he reiterated this statement after unveiling the White House’s plan to support the quick development of a coronavirus vaccine.
During his speech, Trump noted, according to a White House transcript, that the nationwide project to develop and administer a coronavirus vaccine “will bring together the best of American industry and innovation, the full resources of the United States government, and the excellence and precision of the United States military. We have the military totally involved.”
“To date, Operation Warp Speed has brought together all of the experts across the federal government from places like the NIH, CDC, FDA, and many other agencies,” he went on to say. “This historic partnership will now bring together the full resources of the Department of Health and Human Services with the Department of Defense. And we know what that means. That means the full power and strength of military — the military. And that — really, talking about the logistics — if we get it, when we get it. That means the logistics, getting it out, so that everybody can take it.”
While these are chilling words to any passionate advocate for medical freedom, when asked by a reporter as to whether the vaccine would be available for public use or emergency use only, Trump made the unsolicited comment in passing that “not everybody is” would want to receive the vaccine.
“Do you mean a fully approved vaccine for everyone? The full public? Or a partially approved vaccine with emergency use?” the reporter asked.
“No, we’re looking for a full vaccine for everyone that wants to get it. Not everybody is going to want to get it,” Trump replied (emphasis ours).
If you believe in medical freedom and have reservations about vaccines, you’re probably not exactly jumping at the idea of the federal government deploying the military to distribute a coronavirus vaccine. It nonetheless means a lot that Trump was willing to note that not everyone would want to receive it, particularly when he had just finished explaining that it will be developed and released to the public quickly which raises concerns for many about the safety and efficacy of the potential coronavirus vaccine.
Keep your ears and eyes open, folks, and pay attention to everything that those in power are saying.
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