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Opinion: How Trump could get credit for a Covid-19 breakthrough

November 17, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Kent Sepkowitz writes that to legitimately claim some credit for the vaccine excitement ahead, the President and his team must not only praise the ingenious messenger RNA platform, but also embrace science itself and with it, the entire world of cold hard facts.

(CNN)For the second consecutive week, exciting Covid-19 vaccine data have hit the news.

Real vaccines have prevented real Covid-19 infections in real humans.

But rather, we already have sunk into a tribal Trumper versus not-Trumper debate; the President's backers claim he was central to the vaccine advance while others counter that this all happened in spite of, not because of, Trump.

Had the Trump administration handed over not just vaccine development but the rest of the pandemic to the scientists, tens of thousands of Americans would likely still be alive today, some areas of the economy would probably be much less wobbly and, in all likelihood, we would be preparing for President Trump's second term.

The next step is quite simple: embrace science and, more importantly, convince Trump's core voters that Covid-19 is a real, not fake, crisis with (hopefully soon) a real, not fake, vaccine that can help prevent a real, not fake, death.

In other words, to legitimately claim some credit for the vaccine excitement ahead, the President and his team must not only praise the ingenious messenger RNA platform, but also embrace science itself and with it, the entire world of cold hard facts.

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