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Trump Is Wrong About Military Distribution of a COVID-19 Vaccine

When a coronavirus vaccine is ready, it will be distributed through normal civilian supply chains to your doctor's office and local pharmacy.

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Despite President Donald Trump's claims, the U.S. military likely won't play much of a role in distributing a COVID-19 vaccine.

"We have a vaccine that's coming, it's ready," Trump said near the start of Thursday's presidential debate. "It's going to be announced within weeks, and it's going to be delivered. We have Operation Warp Speed, which is the military, is going to distribute the vaccine."

Trump has been using variations of this line for months—as far back as May, he was talking about "mobilizing" the military for vaccine distribution—but his own medical and military officials say it's simply not true. Once a vaccine is developed, it will be handled the same way as any other: distributed by pharmaceutical companies through doctors' offices and pharmacies.

"Our best military assessment is that there is sufficient U.S. commercial transportation capacity to fully support vaccine distribution," Department of Defense (DOD) spokesman Charles Pritchard told American Shipper, a logistics industry publication, last month. "There should be no need for a large commitment of DOD units or personnel to support the nationwide distribution of vaccines."

"For the overwhelming majority of Americans," Paul Mango of the Department of Health and Human Services told The New York Times, "there will be no federal official who touches any of this vaccine before it's injected into Americans."

In July, McClatchy reported that the military commands responsible for homeland defense and the National Guard have not even been asked to prepare a plan for the distribution of a coronavirus vaccine.

In any case, Trump's focus on distributing the vaccine is a bit premature. The CEOs of pharmaceutical companies Moderna and Pfizer have claimed that their COVID-19 vaccines may be ready by the end of this year or in early 2021, but Centers for Disease Control and Prevention chief Robert Redfield has warned that there may not be a vaccine widely available until "late second quarter, third quarter 2021."

It's true that some military resources are involved in Operation Warp Speed, the public-private partnership that aims to invent, produce, and deliver 300 million doses of a coronavirus vaccine by January 2021. But once a vaccine is developed, any military involvement, according to Pritchard, would likely be just "to deliver vaccines to a remote location only if no other means of transportation is feasible."

Unless you're really committed to social distancing—living in an isolated shack in the middle of Alaska, perhaps—your COVID-19 vaccine will probably be distributed just like your flu shot: through your local doctor's office or pharmacy.

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  3. Maybe civic organizations like BLM can deal with this. Maybe some sort of funding to BIPOCs could be good for optics.

    1. They’d just throw the syringes at people.

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  4. I doubt anyone paid much attention except the snarky blue check assholes that inhabit the sewer of the Internet and the media types who get paid to shill for the democrats.

    1. You doubt anyone paid much attention…to the President….claiming use of the military to distribute a vaccine?

      Okay, I guess.

      1. Might be right. Why would anyone take anything Trump says as true?

        1. “Why would anyone take anything Trump says as true?”

          Half gullibility, half the recognition that relying on Trump is all the clingers have left . . . and they know it. After that . . .

          1. Neat to see our resident lefties all come out as anti-vaxxers.

            1. What does recognition of Trump’s childish lies have to do with supporting vaccine use, you bigoted, obsolete rube?

              1. Lol, Kirkland thinks Trump invented the vaccine.

              2. Dude 3/4 of the guys in here are Republican boot licker pieces of shit that suck Drumpf Dick and don’t really have any libertarian chops at all. I wouldn’t worry about how they say one short “you’re wrong” and go off on a rant about owning the libs and how Drumpf is gonna save them and win again in a week or so.

        2. After four years of trump I think everyone knows when he says the military will be distributing the vaccines he’s saying that hyperbolically. He plays like he’s a dumb old timer from the good ol boys club. Because he’s transparently just that.

          Just like you pretend you’ve never been around rich old fogeys and can’t understand what they say. Because you’re transparently just that too.

      2. When has a military organization offering free healthcare to the Jews ever gone wrong? If the vaccinations are free, I’ll take two please.

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  6. Trump is wrong. There, ftfy.

    1. Rutzick: Trump lied that the US military would help distribute a Vaccine

      Also Rutzick: The US military will help distribute the Vaccine

      Jeff raspberrydinners: Trump lied.

      1. Rutzick: Despite President Donald Trump’s claims, the U.S. military likely won’t play much of a role in distributing a COVID-19 vaccine.

        ML: “Rutzick: Trump lied that the US military would help distribute a Vaccine”

        ML lied

  7. Warp Speed doesn’t seem to be Trump’s metier when it comes to science
    policy

    https://vvattsupwiththat.blogspot.com/2020/10/how-can-there-be-icebergs-if-greenland.html

    1. Well that was a little piece deliberate misrepresentation mixed up in a whole bunch of crazy.

    2. I’m a thread on a story about misrepresentations… you post one of the shortiesefty parody sites on the net. Kudos.

  8. probably a personal-context thing but I don’t ever remember demand for a vaccine that seems so completely unnecessary.

    1. Really? Let’s see where the economy is without it.

  9. So, you’re saying that the guy who issues binding orders to the federal executive branch and military is wrong about what the federal executive branch and military are going to be doing? How’s that work?

    1. You stick with Trump, Brett. In late January, you and Trump can get back to looking for Obama’s birth certificate together.

      1. I’ve met bots that had more capacity for changing what they say in response to new information than you’ve got, Rev.

        1. They really are all one-trick ponies in their responses. I suspect Kirkland didn’t even read what you wrote before pounding out his bit.

    2. Maybe he’ll have army convoys tear gassing and running over anti-vax protesters.

  10. Trump Is Wrong About Military Distribution of a COVID-19 Vaccine.
    Trump said “It’s going to be announced within weeks, and it’s going to be delivered. We have Operation Warp Speed, which is the military, is going to distribute the vaccine.”

    Oh, okay. That darn Trump.

    It’s true that some military resources are involved in Operation Warp Speed, the public-private partnership that aims to invent, produce, and deliver 300 million doses of a coronavirus vaccine by January 2021.

    Wait, what? But you just said…

    “Orangemanbad.”

    Ah, okay…

    1. We can read. Can you?

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  12. I suspect we actually will need military convoys to deliver the vaccine(s), as a defense against the socialists attacking and destroying the vaccine “because Trump”; and for the children.
    A second consideration is in order to deliver the vaccine(s) to New York or California, the Military will have to battle the state police at border checkpoints. The horror!

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  14. Except not everyone has a doctor or even a local pharmacy.

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  17. From the article….It’s true that some military resources are involved in Operation Warp Speed, the public-private partnership that aims to invent, produce, and deliver 300 million doses of a coronavirus vaccine by January 2021.

    Next?

    1. “Unless you’re really committed to social distancing—living in an isolated shack in the middle of Alaska, perhaps—your COVID-19 vaccine will probably be distributed just like your flu shot: through your local doctor’s office or pharmacy.”

  18. The military assists and in some cases takes charge of emergent situations all the time. Or did they forget about the Hurricane Katrina response, Joint Task Force Katrina commanded by General Honore?

    1. I’m trying to forget.

  19. In California News on will be creating a whole new buaracracy that will go door to door his own little army

    1. Newsom not “news on”

  20. He only said the military would distribute it because that gives right wingers a hard on. Don’t forget, the only coalition in the GOP he hasn’t thrown under the bus has been the “Murica strong, bruh!” coalition.

    In reality, if the military were to do it the vaccine would be delayed by months or years. That would make Newsome happy, of course.

    1. If he wanted to stroke right-wing boners, he would have announced that the vaccine would be perfect and would not be made available to Blacks, Hispanics, or college-educated Americans.

      Enjoy your final week of the clingerverse, losers.

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  22. I suppose it’s better to keep noting his instances of B.S., but seriously, who ever thought he any idea whatsoever about how a vaccine would be distributed? He likes to pretend it’s his own little army that he can direct to do whatever he wants. It’s like he thinks that just because the bottom third of the country supports him unconditionally, the remaining decent Americans have given him unConstitutional powers as well.

    Some idiot will surely chime in that he, in fact can order the army to do his bidding because he is the Commander-in-Chief, having no idea that a president cannot use the military as though it was his own.

    I don’t know which is worse- the arrogant ignorance of his whole administration or the arrogance and ignorance of the typical halfwit Trump supporter. The stupidity and arrogance swirling around this guy is like toilet paper around a flushing turd. It completes the ensemble. Jesus Christ I can’t wait for this nonsense to stop, even for a minute. The stupidity is incessant. A tsunami of idiocy.

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  26. Stupid intern didn’t bother to research the fact that the most promising vaccine candidates require subzero temperature storage and careful handling, until they reach the providers. It probably will not be given in pharmacies or doctors offices because of the cold requirements.

    Due to demand and logistics, very likely military will get involved.

    So far there are no shelf-stable vaccines available. That rules out traditional commercial distribution.

    1. That is interesting.

      The article I found said that the two leading mRNA vaccines developed by Moderna and Pfizer do have cold storage requirements. In the Pfizer vaccine down to -95f after which you have a day or two at regular refrigeration. Moderna is claiming stability at -4f which is very doable for any pharmacy or clinic.

      Dry ice is solid at -109f so not an insurmountable issue. Then you have dewars containers for things like liquid nitrogen which is much colder so transport is obviously something these companies are looking into.

      The other vaccines, protein based such as the Sanofi vaccine should be stable refrigerated for months.

      What we really do not know is the relative efficacy and safety profiles at this point. I think shipping, distribution and administration are easier problems to solve.

      Trumps military comment is just another Trumpie Trumpism.

      1. No manufacturers will entrust ordinary truckers to send millions of dollars PER TRUCK of very cold vaccines around the country, This will have to be done by the military, though I appreciate your creativity.

    2. Just one more thing…

      The choke point once you have at least a couple of vaccines is manufacturing. Getting the vials dose ready. Logistics we have. Sure the military might have a role but XPO, UPS, Fed Ex, Amazon…these are all highly efficient in logistics.

      Now get people to roll up their sleeves and get jabbed.

      1. No traditional shipper will have the security arrangements to handle such expensive and sensitive cargo.

        Regular pharmaceutical transportation just isn’t up for this kind of challenge. There will be foreign actors, organized criminals, and nutcases seeking to disrupt and steal shipments.

        Except for the Energy Department’s Nuclear Regulatory Commission and its contractors, no non-military branch of the government isn’t really equipped for this task, either. And criminals generally avoid nuclear waste because it’s so easy to track it by air if stolen off a truck.

        So you’re left to ordinary military. Probably national guard, at the direction of CDC in a major operation.

        That’s my creativity.

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  29. It is not even worth over analyzing. Trump is just making it up as he goes along, as always… It is funny, because this crap does work for many, like the President’s hardcore supporters. Vote for me cuz the cure is coming just a week or 2 after I get re-elected. He should start promising the presidential treatment to his followers as well. Truth is irrelevant. People just want their “reality” TV.

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