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Operation Warp Speed has a blank check to meet its goal of making 300 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines by January.
This is according to CNN sources. The sources claim Trump has set no limit to the amount of money needed to mass-produce vaccines at an unprecedented rate.
Bloomberg News was the first to report on Operation Warp Speed. The operation is essentially a project bringing together the government, military, and pharmaceutical industry to cut down the time needed to make the COVID-19 vaccine. The teams of scientists at the helm named the project after the beloved Star Trek franchise.
Trump Desperate to End Gloom
Before the COVID-19 crisis, Trump was quick to harp on economic growth and low unemployment rates. The pandemic has rendered this exercise moot.
The gloom in the country due to the pandemic is not ideal for a sitting president in an election year. Trump feels Joe Biden could weaponize the weariness in the country to win the general election in November.
Operation Warp Speed, said to be similar in ambition to the Manhattan Project, seeks to vaccinate the American public by January 2021.
While some are sceptical about the aggressive timeline proposed, Trump is optimistic. The president said that the project will do everything humanly possible to mass-produce the vaccine. He also reiterated his desire to fast-track the production process once a vaccine is developed.
Trump has also stated he is in charge of the project.
Recent protests in Michigan by armed protestors are already troubling the waters. Trump tweeted in solidarity with the protestors.
The Governor of Michigan should give a little, and put out the fire. These are very good people, but they are angry. They want their lives back again, safely! See them, talk to them, make a deal.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 1, 2020
Some states are preparing to ease stay-at-home regulations. California is a prime example. Governor Gavin Newsome has stated that his government is planning to lift some stay-at-home restrictions soon.
Trump’s urgency to get things back to normal is reflective of the country’s mood. However, the country’s mood shouldn’t be a factor in making the right decision for the country. Right now, the safety of people is a greater issue and should be above partisan politics.