Operation Warp Speed

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Operation Warp Speed (OWS) was a Trump Administration era project conceived, initiated, resourced, and largely executed under Trump Administration leadership that enabled for the swift development, production and delivery of vaccines that were to be used to inoculate the population against the COVID-19 "China Virus" pandemic that struck the United States in 2020. OWS was conceived by Department of Health and Human Services secretary Alex Azar, a former pharmaceutical company executive who understood the motivations, risk tolerance and complexities of drug development, manufacturing and distribution. It was immediately embraced by President Trump, who ensured the financial resources, attention, talent, and government support required to achieve success of the projects initiatives.[1]

Officially announced on May 15, 2020, President Trump unveiled details of a "warp-speed" public-private effort to create a Coronavirus vaccine by the end of the year.[2] Trump stated, "That means big and it means fast. A massive scientific, industrial and logistical endeavour unlike anything our country has seen since the Manhattan Project." The program promoted the fast-track development and mass production of vaccines with multiple vaccine developers for distribution throughout the United States. At the time of his announcement, Trump indicated OWS aimed "to have substantial quantities of a safe and effective vaccine available for Americans by January 2021."[3] However, at the onset, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases warned, "There’s no guarantee that the vaccine is actually going to be effective," in testimony to Congress.[4] During the summer of 2020, the U.S. government began financing the manufacturing of up to 3 billion vaccines, months prior to any vaccine being granted an Emergency Use Authorization.[5]

During the Trump Administration - from May 2020 to January 2021, the project was headed by Dr. Moncef Slaoui.[6] A number of other noteworthy leaders joined Slaoui in the efforts, including Carlo de Notaristefani, a distinguished pharmaceutical manufacturing expert, Dr. Francis Collins of the National Institutes of Health, who oversaw the clinical trials, Generals Perna, Ostrowski, and Sharpsten from the Army Logistics Command and Dr. Anita Patel of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), who together organized the distribution and administration of vaccines and Jared Kushner, who served as White House liaison. These pivotal role leaders, along with private-sector partners, played a major role in the tasked goal of developing, manufacturing, and delivering over 300 million safe and effective vaccines in less than one year to the American people.[7]

Through unprecedented efforts and removal of obstacle procedural hurdles, multiple vaccines were developed, distributed and administered within months of the first discovered case of the virus in the United States. The vaccines developed at "warp-speed" were eventually deemed to be safe and effective, and were provided to the public "free-of-charge."

Outbreak and Response

The first discovered/confirmed case of the novel coronavirus outbreak SARS-COV-2, aka COVID-19 in the United States, was documented on January 21, 2020.[8] Announced on January 31, 2020 and later enforced on February 2, 2020, Trump advocated for a complete ban on travel from mainland China[9] and barred foreign nationals who had recently visited China from entering the United States, as his administration continued to assess the growing threat of a potential coronavirus outbreak.[10]

Project "MP2", which was later announced as Operation Warp Speed on May 15, 2020, was soon established and multiple companies were financed for the development of vaccines. Under Trump's guidance, the U.S. government purchased initial batches of vaccines from Moderna, GlaxoSmithKline and Sanofi, Pfizer, Novavax, Johnson & Johnson and AstraZeneca before knowing whether they would be safe or effective.[11][12]

The Research Vaccine Testing and Approval Process was complete by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research. The FDA issued Emergency Use Authorization's and the initial distribution of two approved vaccines was accomplished during the final months of President Trump's presidency. In December 2020, the first vaccine was authorized for distribution, just days immediately following the 2020 Presidential election.[13]

American pharmaceutical company Pfizer and German biotechnology company BioNTech collaborated and developed the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine[14] and American pharmaceutical and biotechnology company Moderna developed the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine.[15] Both vaccines, based on messenger Ribonucleic Acid (mRNA) technology, were authorized by the FDA, shortly after the 2020 Presidential election was held.[16] Following FDA approval, distribution began immediately via prearranged methods organized by the Trump Administration's COVID-19 task force.

Distribution and administration of vaccines was accomplished by initially partnering with private-sector companies that included, McKesson, UPS, FedEx, CVS Health, and Walgreens. Tiberius, a sophisticated vaccine-tracking system was developed. Over 40,000 pharmacy locations, thousands of Community Health Centers, and thousands of hospitals across the U.S. were eventually enrolled, and electronically linked.[17] Distribution and administration of the vaccines was initially hindered and/or rejected by some local state electorate engaged in political opposition to the Trump Administration's objectives. New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo vowed to work with other governors to block Trump's COVID-19 vaccine distribution, "before it does damage".[18]

In October, 2020, (then candidate) Kamala Harris was hesitant and skeptical about taking the Trump's Warp Speed - COVID vaccine, stating in part, "if Donald Trump tells us that we should take it, I’m not taking it."[19]

The COVID-19 vaccines were administered by a variety of healthcare professionals that included: doctors, nurses, pharmacists, physicians assistants, and pharmacy technicians. These professionals received training on how to administer the vaccine and how to manage the very rare side effects of the vaccines.[20] The first U.S. vaccinations for COVID-19 were administered on December 14, 2020. Sandra Lindsay, a critical care nurse was the first inoculated, via the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, in New York during a livestreamed event with Gov. Andrew Cuomo.[21]

In December 2020, Admiral Brett Giroir, who was on the White House COVID-19 task force, reported that the country was on track to distribute 20 million vaccine doses, at least, by the first week of January 2021 and that approximately 30 million more doses were projected for the rest of January and another 50 million in February 2021. Additionally, it was reported that a third single-dose COVID-19 vaccine, developed by Johnson & Johnson / Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson, could be approved for distribution as soon as January 2021.[22][23] The Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine was ultimately issued Emergency Use Authorization by the FDA in February 2021 and began shipping immediately, with plans to deliver more than 20 million doses in the U.S. in March 2021.[24][25][26]

By the day Trump left office in January 2021, 1.5 million COVID-19 vaccine shots had already been administered, as cited by the CDC. On January 28, 2021, it was revealed that the Trump Administration had indicated in a report that "there are at least one billion vaccine doses under contract as of January 2021... [M]oreover, the government may acquire additional doses through the exercise of options or execution of new agreements." As of April 29, 2021, it was reported that 331 million doses had been distributed.[27]

In the final days of the Trump Administration, conservative radio talk-show host and journalist Howie Carr acknowledged and thanked President Trump for the effort, stating, in part, in an open letter published in the Boston Herald:

"Thank you, Mr. President, for everything you’ve done... Thank you for Operation Warp Speed, an amazing achievement for which you will never receive the appropriate credit."[28]

Operation Warp Speed was active through February 24, 2021, for a total of 285 days, disbanded and then transferred into the responsibilities of the so-called White House COVID-19 Response Team.[29]

Many members of the propagandist mainstream media attributed the success of OWS to some sort of miracle, a deus ex machina that was introduced merely to unravel the mysteries of vaccine development and manufacturing. Some in the media, Joe Biden and members his junta administration engaged in deceiving the public about Trump's successful OWS vaccine project. However, it was indicated by Paul Mango, the Trump administration's deputy chief of staff in the Department of Health and Human Services, that "In fact, the success of OWS was a function of exceptional leadership, a deliberate strategy, and exacting execution."[30]

On May 25, 2021, in a message posted on the "Save America" web blog From the Desk of Donald J. Trump, the former President acknowledged the effort and continuing progress:

"New United States COVID cases, because of the record-breaking development of the vaccine and its early purchase and distribution by the Trump Administration, has hit its lowest level in more than one year, and falling fast. I want to thank all within the Trump Administration who pushed so hard for a vaccine and got it done in less than nine months when everybody was saying it would take at least 3-5 years, and probably not happen. Without the vaccine the world would be a much different place right now. Thank you also to the U.S. Military for its incredible distribution and logistical planning. Operation Warp Speed and our decision to purchase billions of dollars of vaccine before it was even approved, has been “One of the greatest miracles of the ages,” according to many. Thank you!"[31]

External links

References

  1. Paul Mango | National Review, The Truth about Trump’s Operation Warp Speed, https://www.nationalreview.com/2021/05/the-truth-about-trumps-operation-warp-speed/, May 4, 2021
  2. U.S. Dept. of Defense, Coronavirus: Operation Warp Speed, https://www.defense.gov/Explore/Spotlight/Coronavirus/Operation-Warp-Speed/
  3. Gabe Kaminsky | The Federalist, MSNBC And CNN Anchors Perpetuate Lies About Operation Warp Speed, Refuse To Give Trump Due Credit, https://thefederalist.com/2021/04/29/msnbc-and-cnn-anchors-perpetuate-lies-about-operation-warp-speed-refuse-to-give-trump-due-credit/, April 29, 2021
  4. David Smith | The Guardian, Trump unveils 'warp-speed' effort to create coronavirus vaccine by year's end, https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/may/15/trump-coronavirus-warp-speed-vaccine-white-house, May 16, 2020
  5. Paul Mango | National Review, The Truth about Trump’s Operation Warp Speed, https://www.nationalreview.com/2021/05/the-truth-about-trumps-operation-warp-speed/, May 4, 2021
  6. Karen Zraick | The New York Times, Meet the key members of Biden's Covid-19 response team, https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/24/us/bidens-covid-19-response-team.html, February 24, 2021
  7. Paul Mango | National Review, The Truth about Trump’s Operation Warp Speed, https://www.nationalreview.com/2021/05/the-truth-about-trumps-operation-warp-speed/, May 4, 2021
  8. TEGNA | WUSA 90, US hits 6 months since first reported COVID-19 https://www.wusa9.com/article/news/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-for-6-months-in-us/507-a1e04038-1bab-4f6c-8d77-440c3004619b, July 21, 2020
  9. Snopes, Did Trump Ban All Travel From China at the Start of the Pandemic?, https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/trump-ban-travel-china-pandemic/, September 22, 2020
  10. The New York Times | Katie Rogers, Trump Defends Closing Borders to Travelers to Fight Coronavirus, https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/02/us/politics/trump-super-bowl-interview-coronavirus.html, February 2, 2020
  11. Axios | Bob Herman, Trump administration buys 100 million doses of Moderna's vaccine, https://www.axios.com/moderna-vaccine-coronavirus-trump-690017d1-6348-4312-bc61-06d8b783b7ca.html, August 11, 2020
  12. HHS.gov U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Trump Administration purchases additional 100 million doses of COVID-19 investigational vaccine from Pfizer, https://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2020/12/23/trump-administration-purchases-additional-100-million-doses-covid-19-investigational-vaccine-pfizer.html, December 23, 2020
  13. Isobel Whitcomb | Science World, U.S. Authorizes First Vaccine for Covid-19, https://scienceworld.scholastic.com/pages/news/2020-21/us-authorizes-first-vaccine-for-covid-19.html, December 11, 2020
  14. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/covid-19/info-by-product/pfizer/index.html
  15. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/covid-19/info-by-product/moderna/index.html
  16. Adrianna Rodriguez | USA Today, Two COVID-19 vaccines are now authorized in the US; here's what we know about them, https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/health/2020/12/21/covid-vaccine-pfizer-biontech-moderna-everything-know-them/3955331001/, December 21, 2020
  17. Paul Mango | National Review, The Truth about Trump’s Operation Warp Speed, https://www.nationalreview.com/2021/05/the-truth-about-trumps-operation-warp-speed/, May 4, 2021
  18. Jordan Davidson | The Federalist, NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo Vows To Block COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution, Says It’s Bad That Vaccine Came During Trump Admin, https://thefederalist.com/2020/11/09/ny-gov-andrew-cuomo-vows-to-block-covid-19-vaccine-distribution-says-its-bad-that-vaccine-came-during-trump-admin/, November 9, 2020
  19. In debate, Kamala Harris says she won't take a COVID vaccine just on Trump's say-so, Yahoo News, Crystal Hill, October 7, 2020
    Sen. Kamala Harris of California said during Wednesday night’s vice presidential debate with Vice President Mike Pence that she does not trust the administration’s push to rush a coronavirus vaccine into production.
  20. Fran Kritz | Very Well Health, Who Can Administer COVID-19 Vaccines?, https://www.verywellhealth.com/who-can-administer-covid-19-vaccines-5094165, January 4, 2021
  21. Ivan Pereira | ABC News, US administers 1st doses of Pfizer coronavirus vaccine, https://abcnews.go.com/US/us-administer-1st-doses-pfizer-coronavirus-vaccine/story?id=74703018, December 14, 2020
  22. Jackie Salo | New York Post, Third COVID-19 vaccine may be approved in January, task force official says, https://nypost.com/2020/12/20/third-covid-19-vaccine-may-be-approved-in-january-official/, December 20, 2020
  23. Dillon McConnell | Columbia VA Health Care System, Janssen COVID 19 Vaccine Trial, https://www.columbiasc.va.gov/features/2020/Janssen_COVID_19_Vaccine_Trial.asp, November 16, 2020
  24. Jaimy Lee | Market Watch, J&J plans to deliver 20 million doses of its COVID-19 vaccine in the U.S. in March, https://www.marketwatch.com/story/jj-plans-to-deliver-20-million-doses-of-its-covid-19-vaccine-in-the-us-in-march-2021-02-23, February 23, 2021
  25. Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine Authorized by U.S. FDA For Emergency Use - First Single-Shot Vaccine in Fight Against Global Pandemic, https://www.jnj.com/johnson-johnson-covid-19-vaccine-authorized-by-u-s-fda-for-emergency-usefirst-single-shot-vaccine-in-fight-against-global-pandemic, February 27, 2021
  26. Berkeley Lovelace Jr. | CNBC, FDA approves Johnson & Johnson’s single-shot Covid vaccine for emergency use, https://www.cnbc.com/2021/02/27/fda-approves-jjs-single-shot-covid-vaccine-for-emergency-use.html, February 27, 2021
  27. Gabe Kaminsky | The Federalist, MSNBC And CNN Anchors Perpetuate Lies About Operation Warp Speed, Refuse To Give Trump Due Credit, https://thefederalist.com/2021/04/29/msnbc-and-cnn-anchors-perpetuate-lies-about-operation-warp-speed-refuse-to-give-trump-due-credit/, April 29, 2021
  28. Howie Carr | Boston Herald, Howie Carr: Thanks for everything, President Trump, https://www.bostonherald.com/2021/01/18/trumps-presidential-report-card-by-howie-carr/, January 18, 2021
  29. Karen Zraick | The New York Times, Meet the key members of Biden's Covid-19 response team, https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/24/us/bidens-covid-19-response-team.html, February 24, 2021
  30. Paul Mango | National Review, The Truth about Trump’s Operation Warp Speed, https://www.nationalreview.com/2021/05/the-truth-about-trumps-operation-warp-speed/, May 4, 2021
  31. SAVE AMERICA, From the Desk of Donald J. Trump, https://www.donaldjtrump.com/desk/desk-gffudcrhxj/, May 25, 2021