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Reminder: Media Thought Trump Was Crazy for Saying Vaccine Could Come in Less Than a Year

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Posted: Dec 16, 2020 11:30 AM
Reminder: Media Thought Trump Was Crazy for Saying Vaccine Could Come in Less Than a Year

Source: AP Photo/Mark Lennihan

Sandra Lindsay, a critical care nurse in Queens, New York, became the first person in the U.S. to be given the coronavirus vaccine this week. She, along with many other frontline workers, are currently able to get the vaccine thanks in part to the efforts of Operation Warp Speed. The public-private partnership, introduced by President Trump in May, lived up to its name. It provided billions of dollars to companies to help their vaccine development and manufacturing. And now, in record time, the vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech is being distributed across the country, having been approved by the FDA last Friday.

As HHS Secretary Alex Azar noted during a press briefing on Wednesday, Americans are learning that these vaccines, though developed in record time, are still safe and effective.

And so it's worth taking a trip down memory lane to recall how the media doubted this effort from the start. Everyone from MSNBC to The New York Times suggested Trump was a fool for his proposed timeline.

Here are few headlines from the past year calling the president a wishful thinker.

And then there were the experts on TV who said it couldn't be done.

The Trump administration is waiting for their apologies.

"We have come to the beginning of the end of the coronavirus pandemic in America," Vice President Mike Pence said on Wednesday. "We see light at the end of the tunnel. Hope is on the way."