Ben Shapiro’s support of vaccination against COVID-19 has never been quite in line with views expressed by most media personalities on the right. Now, while others on the right are complaining that the FDA approval of the Pfizer vaccine opens doors for mandates, and right-wing media has even speculated on whether the approval was ‘rushed,’Shapiro is making a diametrically opposite complaint.
Shapiro’s complaint, in fact, is that the FDA took so long to fully approve a vaccine which has been available for months under emergency use authorization. He emphasized that his complaint isn’t about the safety of the vaccines, but the time taken to approve them fully — by an agency he says “couldn’t find its own a** if given a map.”
This, btw, is not a statement that the vaccines are unsafe. Far from it. It is a statement that the FDA is a garbage bureaucracy that couldn't find its own ass if given a map.
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) August 23, 2021
Shapiro, who has been sharing views on vaccination (pro-vax) for years, presumably knows that approval is a process, and can perhaps be sped up in some situations, but not rushed.
Though Shapiro has spoken in opposition to so-called ‘vaccine passports,’ he has also maintained that people should get vaccinated, and that the vaccine denialism we see in certain media is “insane.”
Everyone should get vaccinated if they are at risk of covid. Also, the media's covid vaccine denialism is INSANE.
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) April 12, 2021
However, his opinion didn’t sit well with pretty much anyone anywhere on the political or vaccine spectrum.
And if it rushed an approval we’d have heard conspiracies about them being politicized (we prob still will). And god forbid it rushed and ended up being wrong
— Dave Schoenfeld (@Dave_Schoenfeld) August 23, 2021
It would have been absolutely devastating if the FDA did not approve. Just think of the implications if not approved. It's almost like it would have been approved if safe or not 🤔
— JupiterNest 🇺🇸 🍀 🚀 🐕 😎 (@JupiterNest) August 23, 2021
In normal cases it takes 5 to 7 years for full clinical testing and then fda approval and Ben here is upset it took this long to get approval. The better question should still be how the hell it got approved this fast.
— Buster Cherry (@SWetawded) August 23, 2021
Responses were predominantly in two categories: those who still feel that the vaccine is unsafe, and want Shapiro to acknowledge it was “rushed” or that it was approved (they believe) only for political reasons, and those who’d like him to acknowledge the amount of work put into getting it approved so quickly.
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