For months, the biggest criticism of President Trump’s handling of the manufactured coronavirus crisis has been the amount of testing. In fact, most liberals still shriek this refrain, despite the fact that the United States has administered more coronavirus tests, by far, than any other country in the world. They don’t care that it’s not true, like literally every other gotcha these people utter with pure conviction. They go around like the spoiled, petulant Veruca Salt from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. “I don’t care how, I want it now.” If only we had a magical chute for these bad eggs to fall down.
Trump responded to this criticism early on by allowing the FDA to fast-track the approval of testing kits, and that’s worked out pretty much as well as a sober observer would expect.
This is a big deal, as the media (and Democratic politicians) have progressed to hyping up any positive case whatsoever now that motorcycle accidents and lightning strikes have made the coronavirus death toll a laughingstock to all but the most rabidly partisan lefties, who will believe literally anything MSNBC tells them.
Statistically, most of the positive coronavirus cases are probably bogus. But how else is the media going to portray a cold virus spreading around states where it’s over 100 degrees outside? How else are you going to pressure local officials to keep schools shuttered for your scamdemic? But muh false positives. You can eat inside a restaurant in 2022.
Fast forward to these folks cranking out a vaccine that has been fast-tracked. Could a rushed vaccine actually hurt people, all over an over-hyped virus? You don’t need to wonder because that’s not a hypothetical question. That has already happened with the SARS vaccine process, and you know who suffered the most damage? Children.
Yet on rare occasions, this vital evidence-based process of vaccine development and testing has still been ignored. In 1976, concerns about the emergence of a new swine flu strain reminiscent of the lethal 1918 version led President Gerald Ford to convene a panel that recommended a government-backed mass vaccination program.7 Poorly conceived, the attempt to vaccinate the US population at breakneck speed failed in virtually every respect. Safety standards deteriorated as one manufacturer produced the incorrect strain. The vaccine tested poorly on children who, depending on the form of vaccine tested, either developed adverse reactions with high fevers and sore arms or did not mount an immune response at all. Reports emerged that the vaccine appeared to cause Guillain-Barré syndrome in a very small number of cases, a finding that remains controversial, but added to the early momentum of the antivaccine movement.7 Once again, the pressure to rapidly distribute a vaccine undermined the scientific integrity of the process and damaged public trust.
Yeah, I’d say public trust in medical professionals is at an all-time low. And they fully deserve it. The amount of real damage they have done to our country this year because they threw science out the window is insane. It needs to stop, but these folks will never admit they made mistakes.
This is definitely a year for the history (and sociology) books. Though really, all of this was covered in Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds in 1841.