Trump Is Wrong About Military Distribution of a COVID-19 Vaccine
Despite President Donald Trump’s claims, the U.S. military likely won’t play much of a role in distributing a COVID-19 vaccine.
“We have a vaccine that’s coming, it’s ready,” Trump said near the start of Thursday’s presidential debate. “It’s going to be announced within weeks, and it’s going to be delivered. We have Operation Warp Speed, which is the military, is going to distribute the vaccine.”
Trump has been using variations of this line for months—as far back as May, he was talking about “mobilizing” the military for vaccine distribution—but his own medical and military officials say it’s simply not true. Once a vaccine is developed, it will be handled the same way as any other: distributed by pharmaceutical companies through doctors’ offices and pharmacies.
“Our best military assessment is that there is sufficient U.S. commercial transportation capacity to fully support vaccine distribution,” Department of Defense (DOD) spokesman Charles Pritchard told American Shipper, a logistics industry publication, last month. “There should be no need for a large commitm
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