It ought to be important to Donald Trump that his administration be remembered for doing an impressive amount to solve the pandemic of 2020-2021 by speeding the approval of vaccines. On the other hand, Trump is mad at Pfizer for slow-walking the announcement of the efficacy of their vaccine until after Election Day.
Fortunately, it appears that a second “messenger RNA” vaccine like Pfizer’s, Moderna’s, will soon announce a successful trial, having reached its pre-approved first interim trial point of 53 cases.
It may well be that Moderna’s vaccine won’t be quite as wonderfully successful as Pfizer’s (well over 90% efficacy). On the other hand, Moderna’s vaccine doesn’t require the extreme cold-storage of Pfizer’s.
But the announcement of a second successful vaccine in record time would be an impressive vindication of the Trump Administration’s determination to focus on removing regulatory roadblocks to development of a vaccine.
Trump should invite to a White House Rose Garden ceremony various dignitaries to be inoculated on-screen with their choice of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine such as Joe Biden, Ivanka Trump, Mike Pence, Kamala Harris, Nancy Pelosi, Mitch McConnell, John Roberts, Sonia Sotomayor, LeBron James, Tom Brady, Steven Spielberg, Christopher Nolan, and so forth.