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Trump demands pharma come up with a vaccine for coronavirus — but he’s been spreading vaccine conspiracies for years

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President Donald Trump met with pharmaceutical companies where he told them he “heard” that a vaccine could be ready in a matter of months. He was swiftly told that it wasn’t how it works.

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Vaccines take time to create, but they also require testing on animals. From there, they’re often retooled and tested again on animals. It can go through several versions before scientists feel it is safe enough to test on humans, much less be ready for mass distribution.

“Like I’ve been telling you, a year to a year and a half,” Dr. Anthony Fauci had to interrupt Trump as he was speaking to the press.

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It was likely an awkward conversation as the executives of the companies are faced with Trump’s ignorance over science.

It’s a curious conflict for the president because for the past eight years, he’s been sounding the alarm about vaccines being dangerous.

“A study says @Autism is out of control–a 78% increase in 10 years,” Trump tweeted in 2012. “Stop giving monstrous combined vaccinations immediately. Space out small individual shots–small babies can’t handle massive doses. Get smart–and fast–before it is too late.”

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“Now they say obese women may cause Autism in children- nonsense, they use any excuse,” Trump tweeted the following month. “The FDA should immediately stop mass dose vaccinations. If you spread single doses out over a short period of years, Autism would be greatly reduced. It’s just my opinion, but I know I’m right. Many people have noticed the problem only after the massive shot.”

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“I have received many notes of thanks from people regarding my comments on vaccines and autism,” Trump said later that year. “The autism and vaccine safety community is encouraged that I’ve been willing to speak up on this issue. I feel strongly about it–and I’m pleased my remarks have had significance concerning this health crisis. Stop massive one time vaccinations–spread them out over a period of time.”

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After being called out about his conspiracy theories, Trump was forced to backtrack on vaccines.

“They have to get the shots. The vaccinations are so important,” Trump told reporters after a New York measles outbreak. “This is really going around now. They have to get their shots.”

After all of this, Trump is now demanding a vaccine be rushed by companies.


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New evidence shows Trump—who says he knew Covid-19 was ‘going to be horrible’—allowed exports of crucial supplies to continue

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While countries in Europe and Asia spent the first several weeks of the year preparing their healthcare systems and populations for the coronavirus outbreak by stockpiling crucial medical supplies, the Trump administration spent that same time sending dozens of medical shipments overseas as President Donald Trump denied the coronavirus would have much of an impact on the United States.

As The Intercept reported Wednesday, while the new coronavirus ravaged countries including China, Italy, and Iran in February and early March, U.S. manufacturers were sending large shipments of respirators, ventilators, and protective medical equipment to Germany, Belgium, and Japan.

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Trump ignored White House economists’ warning of devastating impact of pandemic months ago: report

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White House economists released a study last year that warned a pandemic could kill 500,000 people and devastate the economy months before the coronavirus outbreak, but top officials and the president appear to have ignored their warning.

A study by the Council of Economic Advisers ordered by the National Security Council predicted that a pandemic similar to the 1918 Spanish flu or the 2009 swine flu could lead to a half-million deaths and cost the economy as much as $3.8 trillion.

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Rural communities with few coronavirus cases will get rapid-test kits over larger areas — White House decides: report

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Large cities are exploding with coronavirus cases, but the White House has decided that the rapid testing machines should be sent somewhere else.

According to the Washington Post, "some White House officials want to ship many of the tests, which were approved Friday and can deliver results in five to 13 minutes, to areas where there are fewer cases, such as rural states and parts of the South."

But officials in hard-hit and more populated states need help now and are quickly running out of resources.

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