Chemist H. Holden Thorp, the editor-in-chief of the journal Science, wrote an op-ed on Wednesday calling out Donald Trump and his administration over their response to the coronavirus outbreak.
Thorp claimed that the “distortion and denial is dangerous and almost certainly contributed to the federal government’s sluggish response.”
According to Thorp, when it comes to a potential vaccine for coronavirus, “you can’t insult science when you don’t like it and then suddenly insist on something that science can’t give on demand.”
“For the past 4 years, President Trump’s budgets have made deep cuts to science, including cuts to funding for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the NIH,” Thorp writes. “With this administration’s disregard for science of the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the stalled naming of a director for the Office of Science and Technology Policy—all to support political goals—the nation has had nearly 4 years of harming and ignoring science.”
Trump wasn’t the only person Thorp went after. He also targeted Vice President Mike Pence, who was recently named by Trump to head the coronavirus response, saying that this is no time “for someone who denies evolution, climate change, and the dangers of smoking to shape the public message.”
Thorp writes that a vaccine can’t just magically appear out of thin air — it “has to have a fundamental scientific basis. It has to be manufacturable. It has to be safe,” adding that it could take a year or longer for one to be developed.
You can read the entire op-ed HERE.