Vice President Mike Pence drew widespread criticism on Twitter Tuesday for hailing a vaccine for COVID-19 as a “medical miracle.”
Pence, who leads the White House’s coronavirus task force, praised the speed with which the medication has been developed with this post:
The development and manufacturing of a vaccine typically takes 8-12 years but under Operation Warp Speed, we have done it in 8-12 months and we are on track to deliver MILLIONS of doses before the end of December! This is a Medical Miracle! pic.twitter.com/ZLRM76FFVt
— Mike Pence (@Mike_Pence) December 15, 2020
Critics called out Pence’s suggestion of divine intervention.
“A miracle is something that cannot be explained by natural or scientific laws,” wrote one. “This vaccine was developed via hard work, intelligence, science, and perseverance. There was no magic involved.”
Added another: “It’s actually science, not a miracle.”
A miracle is something that cannot be explained by natural or scientific laws.
This vaccine was developed via hard work, intelligence, science, and perseverance.
There was no magic involved.
— Natasha Stoynoff ✒️ (@Tashka9) December 15, 2020
Bless our scientists. THEY are the amazing ones!
— 🇺🇸🎄Holly~AR🎄🇺🇸Rise Up, Move Mountains🎶 (@HollyinAR) December 15, 2020
It’s called investing in science.
— kim marsden (@KimlynnMarsden) December 15, 2020
Thank you to the researchers, the scientists, the epidemiologists and the volunteers.
Trump is responsible for this human disaster but your work will save thousands, if not millions, of lives.
— PearlyBidenisPOTUS (@PearlyB57) December 15, 2020
This was not a miracle. This was science and hard work. And, just so you know, this vaccine would have taken this long no matter who was President. The difference is that fewer people would now be dead from lack of leadership. https://t.co/8m9JDLq9Nw
— , coder, songs, music, grumpy (@nathandickson) December 15, 2020
The researchers and scientists did it not the politicians
— ken wilkinson (@glassmanken) December 16, 2020
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