Trump administration passed on Pfizer’s offer for more vaccinesPosted by Robert Leonard / December 8, 2020
According to a New York Times report, the Trump administration only has 50 million doses of the vaccine, but it had the opportunity to buy more months ago. It’s not a huge surprise, given the administration’s utter disinterest in handling the COVID crisis.
The White House, already chock full of coronavirus cases, is hosting nearly a dozen indoor holiday parties.Donald Trump Jr. tested positive for COVID two weeks ago. In case that doesn’t make it abundantly clear that Trump doesn’t care about COVID and who gets it––and who might die because of it––a whopping 130 Secret Service agents are either COVID positive or quarantining after Trump refused to quarantine (and took a victory lap from the hospital where he was recovering from COVID). Rudy Giuliani, the center of media spectacles about the so-called stolen election, has COVID. His son, Andrew Giuliani, also has COVID.
Mark Meadows, Trump’s chief of staff, has also recently tested positive for COVID. His aides are frustrated because he did not issue a statement and only advised a close circle. That put Trump’s entire staff at risk.
The White House’s COVID outbreak spread to the Vice President’s office. His chief of staff, Marc Short, tested positive for the virus. Despite Pence’s exposure, he will still travel. Stephen Miller, one of the president’s senior advisors, also got COVID.
Trump’s brush with COVID was not as minor as he made it sound. A source told the Associated Press that President Trump was given supplemental oxygen before going to the hospital. At the hospital, he was taken off oxygen, but he was also given his first dose of Remdesivir, an experimental antiviral treatment.
Ronna McDaniel, the chairwoman of the Republican National Convention, has also tested positive for COVID. And, according to Christ Christie, no one on Trump’s debate prep team was wearing a mask, meaning it is likely that all of Trump’s aides have been exposed to COVID.
Some staffers report that Trump was showing signs of COVID on Wednesday, leading to some fears that Joe Biden might have been exposed during Tuesday’s debate. Fortunately, Biden has tested negative so far.