(FiveNation.com)- President Donald Trump once again demonstrated his commitment to his populist, pro-America message, nixing a plan that would have given members of his administration early access to the COVID-19 vaccine over other American citizens.
On Sunday, the president said he had stopped a directive that would have vaccinated his government officials against the virus, which public distribution of the vaccine remains extremely limited. In these early stages of distribution, only front-line health workers and those working in nursing homes will be given access to the vaccine.
President Trump made the announcement on Twitter, saying that people in the White House should receive the vaccine, but not yet.
“People working in the White House should receive the vaccine somewhat later in the program, unless specifically necessary,” Trump said.
People working in the White House should receive the vaccine somewhat later in the program, unless specifically necessary. I have asked that this adjustment be made. I am not scheduled to take the vaccine, but look forward to doing so at the appropriate time. Thank you!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 14, 2020
“I have asked that this adjustment be made. I am not scheduled to take the vaccine, but look forward to doing so at the appropriate time,” he continued.
It remains unclear just how many in the Trump administration were set to be vaccinated, but once news was released that White House staff would receive the vaccine early, the media was all over it. Criticism flew at the White House from all sides, but it’s unlikely that the president was ever fully on board given his long-time commitment to putting Americans first.
Officials said on Sunday that doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine would be made available to people who work closely with top officials in the United States. National Security Council spokesman John Ulyoy said senior officials across all three branches of government would receive the vaccinations, which seems to suggest to members of congress would also be treated preferably.
“The American people should have confidence that they are receiving the same safe and effective vaccine as senior officials of the United States government on the advice of public health professionals and national security leadership,” he said.
That’s certainly one way to spin it.
Democrats, who have railed against the president’s Operation Warp Speed and even suggested they would not take the virus if it was manufactured on Trump’s watch, could soon be taking that very vaccine.
Will Senator Kamala Harris, who said during the vice-presidential debates that she wouldn’t take a Trump vaccine, renege on her word?