I try to avoid the political discussions here, and maybe I'm making a mistake posting this, but can someone explain to me the thought process of our President pushing for a Covid vaccine to be authorized before Election Day?
It's pretty clear by now that the scientists and FDA want a possible longer wait period that would push a decision past Nov. 3rd. The President clearly wants to be able to make an announcement sometime before the Election, as an "October Surprise" that a vaccine has received an emergency use authorization.
What does such an announcement get him? Is anyone really going to change their minds about their vote based on such an announcement alone? Is anyone going to really rush out and get a shot in the arm if all the doctors and scientists come out and say that the decision has been rushed and people should be cautious until more data has been received and analyzed. Does anyone think that the President announcing a vaccine a few days before the Election will make rational people think the Pandemic is over and we can all thank the President for it?
What's the play here?
This I think is a foolish move. Especially if they try and override the FDA. Don't really see the point. Granted, Trump is not making the vaccine...and I don't think the companies making it would want to have it distributed if not confident in the efficacy.