Sunday, November 22, 2020

About Those Trump Vaccine Predictions: Do media “fact checkers” owe the President an apology?; He Was Right About Schools, Too, and other C-Virus Updates

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About Those Trump Vaccine Predictions:
Do media “fact checkers” owe the President an apology?
“Public-private partnership” is usually a Beltway term for cronyism and the waste of taxpayer resources. But so far it’s hard to argue with the results of the Trump administration’s Operation Warp Speed to assist the development and distribution of medical innovations to address Covid-19. The rapid results must be especially striking to news consumers who were repeatedly told that the president was wrong in predicting quick development of a vaccine.
Back in August, Jane C. Timm and Jane Weaver of NBC News reported on the President’s Republican convention speech:
Fact check: No evidence for Trump’s COVID-19 vaccine claim

“In recent months, our nation, and the entire planet, has been struck by a new and powerful invisible enemy. Like those brave Americans before us, we are meeting this challenge. We are delivering lifesaving therapies, and will produce a vaccine before the end of the year, or maybe even sooner!” Trump claimed on Thursday night.

This is largely false... The president boasts of lifesaving therapies, but critics argue there isn’t enough evidence to back up this claim... There is also no evidence that an effective vaccine will be delivered by the end of the year.
Thank goodness these “fact checkers” didn’t have a firm grasp of the facts. The Journal’s Jared Hopkins reports today:
Pfizer Inc. said Wednesday it will ask health regulators to authorize its experimental Covid-19 vaccine within days, after reporting the shot was 95% effective in its pivotal study and showing signs of being safe.

The company’s plans mean the shot is on track to go into distribution by the end of the year, if the regulators permit. --->READ MORE HERE
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He Was Right About Schools, Too:
Good thing the president often ignored Fauci’s advice.
Post-election, American media outlets seem to be relaxing the unwritten rule that positive comments about President Donald Trump’s policies must be buried beneath several paragraphs of personal condemnations. Yesterday this column noted the underreported accuracy of the President’s vaccine predictions. Today there is a growing if grudging acceptance that his critics have done enormous damage to poor children by rejecting his calls to keep schools open.
Nicholas Kristof writes in the New York Times:
Trump has been demanding for months that schools reopen, and on that he seems to have been largely right. Schools, especially elementary schools, do not appear to have been major sources of coronavirus transmission, and remote learning is proving to be a catastrophe for many low-income children.

Yet America is shutting schools — New York City announced Wednesday that it was closing schools in the nation’s largest school district — even as it allows businesses like restaurants and bars to operate. What are our priorities?

“I have taught at the same low-income school for the last 25 years, and, truly, I can attest that remote schooling is failing our children,” said LaShondra Taylor, an English teacher in Broward County, Fla. --->READ MORE HERE
Follow links below to related stories and resources:

'Extraordinarily Impressive': Dr. Fauci Rips Dem Narrative on Vaccines, Sticks Up for Trump Admin

White House Unveils Distribution Plan For Operation Warp Speed Vaccines

USA TODAY: Coronavirus Updates

WSJ: Coronavirus Live Updates

YAHOO NEWS: Coronavirus Live Updates

NEW YORK POST: Coronavirus The Latest

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