Just one year ago, both Joe Biden and Kamala Harris were cautioning Americans against taking anti-covid vaccines because they were developed under President Trump’s “Operation Warp Speed,” Trump’s final gift to the American people.
Under Huffington's leadership in the 2000s, the site was one of the largest platforms for the then-novel allegation that vaccines, or certain ingredients used in vaccines, could trigger autism in young children.
If you’re against vaccinating your child, there’s a good chance you’re a college-educated white woman making decent money.
The rebel forces in America’s latest culture war — the so-called anti-vaxxers — are often described as middle- and upper-class women who breast-feed their children, shop at Whole Foods, endlessly scour the web for vaccine-related conversation, and believe that their thinking supersedes that of doctors.
Trump’s Vaccine Can’t Be Trusted
Like most experts closely watching these developments, I have no confidence that a safe, effective vaccine will be ready for use by Halloween. Worse, I can no longer recommend that anyone retain faith in any public health pronouncements issued by government agencies.
-Laurie Garrett, Foreign Policy
Liberals and Vaccine Non-Compliance...
I talked to a public health official and asked him what's the best way to anticipate where there might be higher than normal rates of vaccine noncompliance, and he said take a map and put a pin wherever there's a Whole Foods.
I sort of laughed, and he said, "No, really, I'm not joking." It's those communities with the Prius driving, composting, organic food-eating people.
Trump’s Operation Warp Speed is an election ploy...
Barack Obama Suspicious of Vaccines...
"We've seen just a skyrocketing autism rate. Some people are suspicious that it's connected to the vaccines. This person included. The science right now is inconclusive, but we have to research it."
Governor Cuomo: Americans Should Be Skeptical of Covid Vaccine...
I’m not that confident. You’re going to say to the American people now, ‘Here’s a vaccine, it was new, it was done quickly, but trust this federal administration and their health administration that it’s safe? And we’re not 100 percent sure of the consequences.’ I think it’s going to be a very skeptical American public about taking the vaccine, and they should be."
It should go without saying, but undermining trust in a vaccine in the midst of a global pandemic to score political points or clicks is absolutely ghastly.
Now that we’re knocking on the door of a vaccine, will these people be held to account for undermining trust?
I doubt it.
Did the Democrats’ relentless attacks on the vaccines that were expedited by President Trump get some people killed?
I suppose they probably did.
But I am not aware of a single Democrat who has expressed remorse for discouraging people from taking advantage of the vaccines, or who has acknowledged their party’s 180 degree turnabout as soon as the election was over.