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In an op-ed for the New York Times, Azar writes: “the reluctance and even refusal of many Americans—including many of my fellow conservatives and Republicans—to get a Covid-19 vaccine is a frustrating irony for those of us who worked to expedite these vaccines... I know the vaccines’ features intimately because as secretary of Health and Human Services, I oversaw their development, testing, approval and distribution from April of 2020 until January of this year. Any claims that the vaccines are unsafe or ineffective, or that corners were cut are not true.”
Azar, who double majored in government and economics, was the U.S. secretary of Health and Human Services during the Trump administration.
“I’m glad former President Trump got vaccinated,” writes Azar, “but it would have been even better for him to have done so on national television so that his supporters could see how much trust and confidence he has in what is arguably one of his greatest accomplishments.”