We slammed candidates Joe Biden and Kamala Harris back in September 2020 for their reckless, baseless fearmongering about the coming COVID vaccines, but we didn’t realize it would prove the deadliest demagoguery of modern times.
Now we know, as Joel Zinberg outlined for The Post, that their claims that the jab might not be safe (because, they charged, then-President Donald Trump might be pushing premature release) were quickly followed by a three-week extension of the safety-testing period — out of Food & Drug Administration fears of growing doubts about the vaccines.
The timeline: On Sept. 7, 2020, Biden warned, “I would want to see what the scientists said” about any vaccine; “I want full transparency.”
A week later, he went lower: “I trust vaccines. I trust scientists. But I don’t trust Donald Trump. And at this point, the American people can’t, either.”
Harris, meanwhile, insisted she’d “trust the word of public-health experts” but not Trump — and, worse, claimed those experts “will be muzzled, they will be suppressed, they will be sidelined.” At the vice-presidential debate, she added, “If Donald Trump tells us we should take [the vaccine], I’m not going to take it,”
Anti-Trump media joined in the scaremonging, as with The New York Times headline, “Scientists Worry About Political Influence Over Coronavirus Vaccine Project.”
Oh, and the Biden-Harris campaign website explicitly smeared the FDA on this issue.
It was all nonsense — and Biden, Harris, the Times and everyone else knew it, or should have: World-class scientists developed the jabs, overseen not just by the FDA but by the first-class professionals brought in to run Operation Warp Speed. Whatever hacks worked in the Trump White House, they had nothing to do with any of it.
But on Sept. 21, 2020, the FDA suddenly stretched out the period to check for adverse effects from the vaccine from 42 days — the standard it had long relied on — to 60. Why? Per the head of the FDA division in charge of the OK, it was “essential to shoring up vaccine confidence.”
And then-FDA chief Stephen Hahn specifically cited fears fed by “the people who said they wouldn’t take the vaccine if it was authorized under President Trump’s watch.”
Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla had predicted on Sept. 9 that he expected the safety studies to be done by the end of October. The added delay pushed that to Nov. 9 — six days after the presidential election.
More important, it meant 18 extra days before mass vaccination could start — when, as Zinberg notes, “For every week we didn’t have a COVID-19 vaccine, more people died, more children were kept out of school, and more damage was done to society.”
Of course, right after Biden won the election, Democrats switched instantly from vax-doubters to believers and started claiming all the credit. In other words, they plainly didn’t believe their own lies.
It was unconscionable, but the media let them get away with it.
You see the same cynicism as Biden rails against “MAGA Republicans” and then the Democrats spend $53 million to help MAGA Republican candidates.
There’s no depth Democrats won’t sink to. Say anything to win, damn the results.