Alex Azar, the former Eli Lilly executive and Health and Human Services secretary, played a crucial role in the development of the COVID-19 vaccine after President Trump initiated “Operation Warp Speed” in the spring 2020 as the pandemic shut down much of society.

Seen by many as a modern scientific miracle – getting this “Trump” vaccine from research, trials and then into the arms of hunkered down Americans within a year (though based on decades of research) – in early 2021 it was viewed as the key to fully reopening society. Now COVID is raging again in what is now being called the “pandemic of the unvaccinated.”

Brian A. Howey is publisher of Howey Politics Indiana at Find him on Facebook or Twitter @hwypol.

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