Since the early days of the COVID pandemic, Republicans have treated a number of Doctors and scientists as pariahs. The regular scapegoat is Dr. Anthony Fauci, who is regularly pilloried on Fox News. While Dr. Deborah Birx is kinder to Donald Trump, she is treated as an enemy as well.
Speaking earlier this morning, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar claimed that the November 1 deadline imposed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for states to set up distribution sites for the coronavirus vaccine “has nothing to do with elections,” which take place on November 3. Azar said “career people,” namely Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, and other staff made the decision.