The President has repeatedly promised that a vaccine against the virus will be distributed is practically incoming, but his own officials cautioning that a vaccine would be at least a year.
That's not where the apparent cluelessness ends.
At a recent briefing on the virus, Trump appeared not to know how vaccines work.
Trump claimed that the vaccine would cure the virus as well as prevent it. That's when Dr. Leonard Schleifer of Regeneron Pharmaceuticals had to step in.
TRUMP asks a pharmaceutical CEO: "This would be a combination of a vaccine and also it will -- put it in a differen… https://t.co/B3KXPvlZlj— Aaron Rupar (@Aaron Rupar) 1583187954.0
Trump promised of the virus:
"It's a good combination of a vaccine and also it will—put it in a different way—make you better quicker."
That's when Dr. Schleifer stepped in:
"Think of it this way: If you get immunized by one of these vaccines, you're going to make some antibodies to protect you. We're going to already make those antibodies and give them to you so you don't have to go through that whole process."
What seemed lost on Donald Trump was that a vaccine prevents a specific disease by boosting antibodies equipped to fight it, but they can't cure a disease that's already been contracted.
People didn't find the exchange comforting.
Perfect encapsulation of the collapse of human civilization is a doctor having to explain how vaccines work to the… https://t.co/gC7xSISoZk— Wilson Dizard (@Wilson Dizard) 1583196576.0
I wish there were a vaccine against abject stupidity https://t.co/LjPS1AdDDx— George Conway (@George Conway) 1583202669.0
Folks, the president does not seem to know what a vaccine is. https://t.co/vxvXeZoKaA— Blake News (@Blake News) 1583201175.0
Every clip from this meeting is worse than the last one. https://t.co/N3D5vAvRq2— Jeremy Konyndyk (@Jeremy Konyndyk) 1583210233.0
Face palm. I’m getting a bruised forehead. He doesn’t understand the basics of vaccination. https://t.co/99Xz9UvcOS— BevMarie (@BevMarie) 1583190475.0
Witness Docs forced to give *the very stable genius* a remedial lesson on how vaccines prevent disease. Something m… https://t.co/iyOTV6xnBQ— Marianne (@Marianne) 1583248332.0
Meanwhile, while we are arguing about candidates, this moron is *actually* in the Oval. Eyes on the prize, people. https://t.co/EJlqbuxu6B— Angry Staffer (@Angry Staffer) 1583202550.0
Facial expressions/posture indicate selfish defensiveness and stubborn, resistant thinking, he’s straining to cover… https://t.co/FQFP7Vpkvm— 4030Lisa (@4030Lisa) 1583246034.0
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