What makes a true leader apart from the other leaders?
When the first Covid-19 vaccine gets released, Trump is willing to be the first one to take it albeit the risks.
President Trump told Fox News Medical Contributor that he is in a tricky situation regarding whether he should be the first one to take the said drug.
Why is it tricky?
“Well, you know the way it works. If I’m the first one they’ll say ‘he’s so selfish. He wanted to get the vaccine first,” Trump told Siegel in the interview, which aired on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” and “Fox News @ Night.” “Then other people would say ‘hey, that’s a very brave thing to do’.”
“I would absolutely, if they wanted me to and thought it was right, I’d take it first or I’d take it last.”
The dilemma of Trump comes just right after Pfizer and biotech firm BioNTech said that the U.S. government has placed an order of $1.95 billion for 100 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines. If the vaccine is proven safe and effective, the Department of Health and Human Services could place an order of an additional 600 million vaccines.
The joint venture of these two companies is developing four potential vaccines and one of these will have the first trial of three phases later this month on 30,000 participants.
“Expanding Operation Warp Speed’s diverse portfolio by adding a vaccine from Pfizer and BioNTech increases the odds that we will have a safe, effective vaccine as soon as the end of this year,” Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said Wednesday.
“Depending on the success in the clinical trials, today’s agreement will enable the delivery of approximately 100 million doses of this vaccine to the American people.”
Trump is giving his best effort to show real support for the vaccination. “You do know that if I take it first, either way I lose on that one. If I don’t take it they’ll say ‘he doesn’t believe in the program,” Trump told Siegel on Wednesday.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and a leading member of the National Coronavirus Task Force, said that the US is making things as soon as possible to come up with a vaccine which is safe and secured.
“If you want to do it correctly, with safety, and real attention to safety and efficacy, I think we are going as fast as we possibly can,” Fauci said during a TB Alliance forum Wednesday.
Fauci and Trump at times have not been on the same page during the pandemic phase. Fauci along with Dr. Deborah Birx was not present in Trump’s first monthly briefing on Coronavirus this Tuesday.
“Dr. Birx is a big advisor of yours that isn’t getting enough attention,” Siegel said to Trump on Wednesday.
“She is responsible for all the incredible work that has taken place on AIDS in Africa,” Trump told Siegel. “Millions of people are alive right now because of her. She’s an unbelievable woman.”
When it comes to fighting against Covid-19 and giving the positive ray of light to the people, Trump is handling things like a true leader that a nation needs.