Saturday, September 25, 2021

What Sarah Sanders is wrong about the Covid-19 vaccine

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Here’s the headline out of an op-ed Sarah Sanders wrote in the Arkansas Democrat Gazette on Sunday: She got vaccinated “a few months ago” against the Covid-19 virus.

Which is a good thing! Sanders, the former White House press secretary and front-runner for the Republican gubernatorial nomination in Arkansas next year, is a high-profile figure among Republicans both in her home state and nationally.

In Arkansas, only 36% of residents are fully vaccinated, one of the lowest totals in the country. So Sanders deserves credit for publicly touting her decision to get vaccinated. Period.

And this in particular (bolding is mine): “It’s clear that the Trump vaccine works and is saving lives.”

“Recent data demonstrates that those Arkansans who are not vaccinated are at significantly greater risk for serious illness from Covid. In fact, 98 percent of Covid patients currently hospitalized in our state and 99 percent of recent Covid deaths were people who were not vaccinated. It’s clear that the Trump vaccine works and is saving lives.”

It isn’t the “Trump vaccine.” Or the “Biden vaccine.” Or the “Cillizza vaccine.” It’s just the vaccine, one that – if people get it – will save thousands of lives.

Here’s the paragraph I take primary issue with:

But the way that Sanders framed that decision is, well, wrong.

In case you missed that message, Sanders came right out and wrote it. Here’s that section of the op-ed:

When Sanders refers to the Covid-19 vaccine as being tied somehow to Trump, she’s throwing a bit of red meat to Trump voters (and Trump himself) who believe that the former president isn’t getting enough credit for its development – in record time, no less!

So, the key to getting more Arkansans vaccinated is not the science that makes clear that the unvaccinated are at tremendous risk of catching the Delta variant, but rather President Biden and Vice President Harris apologizing for not giving Trump enough credit for developing the vaccine?

Riiiiiiight.

“If President Biden, Vice President Harris, and others on the left truly care about increasing the vaccination rate and saving lives, they should admit they were wrong to cast doubt on Operation Warp Speed and give President Trump and his team the credit they are due for the development of a safe and effective vaccine in record time.”

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