People are going to make dumb analogies to Putin’s daughter getting the Russian vaccine in response to this when, really, Ivanka should be praised. Considering the alarming degree of skepticism about the vaccine in the U.S., every person of influence who’s willing to vouch for it is useful to the cause of defeating COVID. Trump family members might be particularly useful in light of the MAGA base’s skepticism of experts. Who knows whether Anthony Fauci or Donald Trump Jr will do a better job of convincing populist Republicans that it’s in their interest to get the shot?
I ignored this spiel from Joy Behar on “The View” yesterday when I glanced at it because I thought she was making the simple point that Trump’s word alone won’t be enough to convince her that the vaccine is safe and effective. She went way beyond that, though. She sounds like a borderline anti-vaxxer here, stopping just short of asserting that it’s impossible to make a reliable vaccine in a year despite the galaxy of scientific opinion to the contrary.
Watch for the Ivanka bit at the end: