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Trump hoping for a vaccine by Election Day — but doctors say that’s impossible

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Don’t expect a coronavirus vaccine by Election Day, no matter what President Donald Trump promises.

Moderna was the first company to begin Phase 3 clinical trials in the U.S. and hopes to enroll 30,000 subjects by September, but so far has signed up only 4,536 and opened up just 54 of 89 study sites, reported CNN.

The company won’t hit its goal for next month if that pace continues, but infectious disease experts say Moderna still won’t have a vaccine ready for the market in time for the Nov. 3 election.

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“I don’t see how that would be possible,” said Dr. Paul Offit, a vaccinologist at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

“There’s no way,” agreed Dr. Peter Hotez, a vaccinologist at Baylor College of Medicine. “There’s just no way.”

Once the company enrolls subjects and injects them with their first shot, they must then wait 28 days for a second shot, which means participants who enroll at the end of September wouldn’t get their second shots until the end of October — and then wait another two weeks for the vaccine to become fully effective.

“That takes you past Election Day,” Offit said.

Researchers must then wait and see whether any participants get sick with COVID-19.

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Both Offit and Hotez predicted results from Moderna’s study wouldn’t be available until the first quarter of 2021, at the earliest, and they also splashed cold water on a timetable from Pfizer, which began Phase 2/3 of its own study on July 27.

Pfizer hopes to know by the end of September or early October whether its vaccine worked, after dosing more than 2,000 by the end of last week, but Offit and Hotez pointed out that study must also wait for its second dose to determine whether it was effective.

“Maybe by Inauguration Day we might have a glimmer of whether the vaccine is working and be able to assess its safety,” Hotez said.

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Pro-Trump conservatives ‘trading short-term political gain for long-term ruin’: columnist

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Writing in The Atlantic this Wednesday, Rachel Shelden contends that Republicans are finding themselves "boxed in" after enabling President Donald Trump's conspiracy theories about mass voter fraud in the 2020 election.

According to Shelden, the current situation Republicans face is similar to the aftermath of the 1860 election.

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‘NO WAY!’ Trump starts off Thanksgiving by whining about his election loss

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President Donald Trump started off Thanksgiving by whining about his election loss to Joe Biden.

Biden earned a record 80 million votes, with ballots still being counted, and the president reacted to that news Thursday by insisting his loss was impossible.

"Just saw the vote tabulations," Trump tweeted. "There is NO WAY Biden got 80,000,000 votes!!! This was a 100% RIGGED ELECTION."

Twitter immediately slapped a disclaimer on his unfounded claims, which have been rejected over and over by courts and were disputed by the Homeland Security official who oversaw election security -- until the president fired him.

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Trump will soon be a ‘dumpy 74-year-old wheeling around the golf course’ while awaiting ‘his next cheeseburger’: columnist

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Daily Beast columnist Margaret Carlson on Thursday published a brutal opinion piece in which she danced on President Donald Trump's political grave and relished the thought of his fading into irrelevancy.

In her column, Carlson acknowledged many liberals' fears that Trump will never leave the national spotlight, but she said the soon-to-be-ex-president is more likely to be treated more like a washed-up celebrity that a political icon.

"To those worried we will never rid ourselves of Trump, watch as he shrinks before our very eyes in a Washington minute from leader of the free world to a broken-down real estate developer up to his ears in debt," she wrote. "On Monday, Trump was just another dumpy 74-year-old man wheeling around the golf course in a motorized cart wondering how long it would be until his next cheeseburger."

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