CDC v. Trump
Robert Redfield is Trump’s director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Redfield called the Atlanta-based agency “the best science-based, data-driven agency in the world.” He says to use a mask or other face covering. He is a well-respected doctor and scientist. Trump is neither.
Under oath, Redfield testified that a vaccine would not be publicly available until the middle of next year. Dr. Redfield also said that masks are “the most important, powerful public health tool we have” in fighting the pandemic. He added that masks remain essential to fighting the spread.
He even said that wearing masks is more important than a vaccine. “If I don’t get an immune response [from a Covid-19] vaccine it’s not going to protect me. This face mask will,” he said.
Trump went nuts. Trump promised again that a vaccine would be available “immediately” and that “under no circumstance will it be as late as the doctor said. I think he made a mistake when he said that,” Trump said hours later. “It’s just incorrect information.”
Wear a Mask
Redfield emphasized that universal mandatory mask-wearing would bring the pandemic under control within a few months. Then Trump said “many people are saying” that masks don’t work. Then he erratically lashed out at masks rejecting the scientific findings of his own government. Apparently, waiters do not like them. Crazy.
Public health experts warn that the president is again giving false or misleading information about the coronavirus. Trump often praises his own performance as 200,000 Americans have died. He claims “problems” were the fault of others.
“I trust vaccines,” Biden said yesterday during a speech in Delaware, shortly before Trump made his comments about Redfield. “I trust the scientists, but I don’t trust Donald Trump. And at this moment, the American people can’t either.”
A COVID-19 vaccine must be developed and distributed transparently by scientists and not politicians. Until then, use a mask for everyone’s safety. We can stop the spread! Respect the safety rules and the police.