Ever since Donald Trump wisely refused to name this two-time presidential loser and political grifter to his Cabinet in 2017, Romney has been a leading #NeverTrump cheerleader because it’s the only thing he’s really good at.
His latest escapade is taking to his favorite left-wing media outlets to blast the president’s vaccine roll-out, which he believes should have been better, faster, stronger, etc.
Meanwhile, he praised big government — the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and U.S. Food, Drug Administration — and big pharma for quickly developing vaccines, which of course was done under the auspices of Trump’s regulation-canceling, private sector-empowering “Operation Warp Speed,” a feat that never would have happened under a President Romney (and we shudder even to say those words).
“It was unrealistic to assume that the health care workers already overburdened with Covid care could take on a massive vaccination program. So too is the claim that CVS and Walgreens will save the day,” he said in a statement posted to his Senate website, claiming they lack “excess personnel” to vaccinate tens of millions of Americans.
“That comprehensive vaccination plans have not been developed at the federal level and sent to the states as models is as incomprehensible as it is inexcusable,” he added.
Really? How, exactly, are federal mandates working out for just about every other aspect of American life? How would a ‘one-size-fits-all’ vaccine roll-out ‘solution’ work universally? Are hospitals in Cheyenne, Wyoming; Butte, Mont., Los Angeles, New York City, and Sioux City, Iowa, exactly the same? Is the population density and need the very same?
Of course not. And this is what differentiates President Trump from back-benchers and serial complainers like Romney: Trump is a thinker and a doer, but most of all, he realizes that the real strength of America lies in the ingenuity and can-do spirit outside the Beltway and certainly outside of Washington’s loathsome, archaic and overly bureaucratic federal agencies.
While he admitted he doesn’t have the “relevant medical or public health experience,” Romney’s suggestion was that officials first “call on people who have carried out widespread vaccination programs elsewhere or in the past” and “learn from their experience.”
Like the Trump administration didn’t do that? Various federal agencies including the U.S. military, Department of Homeland Security, FEMA, etc., long ago developed plans for events like mass inoculation. (Related: Mainstream science admits COVID-19 vaccines contain mRNA “nanoparticles” that trigger severe allergic reactions.)
But getting the vaccines manufactured and then distributed to 320 million Americans was never going to happen overnight, no matter how much preparation was made.
He then added:
Public health professionals will easily point out the errors in this plan—so they should develop better alternatives based on experience, modeling and trial. The current program is woefully behind despite the fact that it encompasses the two easiest populations to vaccinate: frontline workers and long-term care residents. Unless new strategies and plans are undertaken, the deadly delays may be compounded as broader and more complex populations are added. We are already behind; urgent action now can help us catch up.
He also ‘suggested that the government “enlist every medical professional, retired or active, who is not currently engaged in the delivery of care,” including military medics, medical students, and veterinarians — anyone “who could be easily trained to administer vaccines.”
It is beyond absurd to believe that the Trump administration, which has literally been planning for a vaccine rollout for nearly a year, never thought of any of these ‘genius’ ideas.
But outside factors such as differing capabilities in distribution around the country make any plan harder to execute — even those ideas offered by the great Mitt Romney.
You may not think much about vaccines, and readers know how we feel about them around here. That said, the fact that Trump managed to get two of them developed so quickly is not just unprecedented, it was something that Romney would never have done.
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