Health Editor’s Note: When you remember the denigration of science, haphazard treatment of the global COVID-19 pandemic, truly weird and harmful recommendation from Trump of how to prevent/treat COVID-19, lack of mask wearing, idiotically cavalier disregard for COVID-19 prevention procedures, attempted muzzling of Dr. Fauci, etc. Trump and his administration still thought they should be first in line to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Remember when Trump said, after his supposed bout with coronavirus, that the virus was ‘No Big Thing.’ Of course this is not surprising and is further reasons to be relieved these petty, lackluster, poor excuses for human beings, are no longer ‘in charge!’…….Carol
by Katherine Eban/Vanity Fair
n late December and early January, as COVID-19 vaccines were just beginning their chaotic rollout to the states, a secretive scramble took place inside the Trump White House. One after another, political appointees at very high levels approached chief of staff Mark Meadows and members of the National Security Council to ask a favor: They wanted to be on the list.
It was, to be sure, the ultimate VIP list: On it were the names of U.S. government officials whose work was considered so essential that they needed to be vaccinated against COVID-19 from a limited allotment that would otherwise have gone to the general public. The allotment was intended to protect career staff who could not telecommute (such as White House butlers), critical workers in the field (such as Secret Service agents), and those in the line of presidential succession (such as the secretary of state). The question of who was eligible in an outgoing administration, with just weeks remaining until the inauguration of a new president, was complex. To make the cut your role had to be “essential” to national functions.