Dr. Francis Collins, Anthony Fauci’s boss, said that former President Donald Trump and his administration deserve credit for the “breathtaking” pace at which Trump’s Operation Warp Speed‘ was able to develop a COVID-19 vaccine.
Dr. Francis Collins, the director of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, said many of the things that TuskerDaily had written weeks ago after we blasted Joe Biden, Democrats, and their media cohorts for refusing to give President Trump the credit he deserves for what they described would be a ‘Medical Miracle“.
Dr. Francis Collins Credits Trump and “Operation Warp Speed”
Speaking to “Axios on HBO” in an interview released Monday evening, National Institutes of Health director Dr. Francis Collins made the remarks after being asked what the previous administration got right in their pandemic response.
“The Operation Warp Speed, for which I give a great deal of credit to [former Health and Human Services] Secretary [Alex] Azar, was an effort that many of us were not initially convinced was going to be necessary.
It was thought about as a Manhattan Project,” he continued, referring to the US-led program during World War II that developed the first nuclear weapons.
Those words were used sometimes to describe what needed to happen in order to get all parts of the government together in an unprecedented way to test up to six vaccines in rigorous trials and to do this at-risk manufacturing so that if any of those trials happen to work, you would already have doses ready to go into arms.
That would not be the way things are traditionally done.”
Collins went on to mention Dr. Moncef Slaoui, who led Operation Warp Speed under Trump, calling his recruitment “an incredibly important step forward that the administration deserves credit for, because that did motivate a lot of actions, a lot of coordination.”
Collins marveled at the speed at which pharma giants such as Moderna and Pfizer developed vaccines with such high efficacy rates that were approved by the FDA by mid-December.
“It’s just breathtaking that that got done in 11 months from when we first knew about this virus. It is at least five years faster than it has ever been done before.”
Trump Rips Biden For Claiming There Was No COVID-19 Vaccine
Last week, President Biden began placing blame on his predecessor over vaccine supply, claiming without proof the previous administration had left them next to nothing.
“We got into office and found out the supply, there was no backlog. There was nothing in the refrigerator, figuratively and literally speaking, and there were 1 million doses a day that were available.
We’ve upped that, in the first weeks that we were in office, to significantly more than that.”
Speaking to Newsmax the next day, Trump defended his administration’s handling of the crisis, specifically mentioning Biden’s claims on vaccines.
“Well, I saw that he said there was no vaccine when he came into office, and yet he got a shot before he came into office.
It was already in early November when we announced it, but we actually had it substantially before that.
We were giving millions of shots and millions of doses. So he’s either not telling a truth, or he’s mentally gone, one or the other.”
Dr. Francis Collins
Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D. was appointed the 16th Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the Senate. He was sworn in on August 17, 2009.
In 2017, President Donald Trump asked Dr. Collins to continue to serve as the NIH Director. President Joe Biden did the same in 2021.
Dr. Francis Collins is a physician-geneticist noted for his landmark discoveries of disease genes and his leadership of the international Human Genome Project, which culminated in April 2003 with the completion of a finished sequence of the human DNA instruction book.
He served as director of the National Human Genome Research Institute at NIH from 1993-2008.