The Rolling Stones’ frontman Mick Jagger thinks the Trump administration made a “good bet” on vaccines but had a “non-existent” rollout plan.
In an interview to promote his new song “Eazy Sleazy,” which compares COVID-19 anti-vaxxers to flat-earthers, Jagger had plenty of criticism for how the former president Trump handled the early days of the pandemic.
“I just think he just winged everything. He was just winging it. And you can’t wing the pandemic. That’s not what you have to do,” he remarked. “They were just like going from one week to the next not knowing what to do. There were no plans for anything.”
Jagger is more politically optimistic now that Biden’s at the helm. “I think at least with this administration, there’s long-term goals and things that have to be fixed,” he said. “They’re not all going to work, but at least people are trying. I’m much more optimistic about the U.S. than I was this time last year.
Though he did think Trump got one thing right, “Trump at least went and bet on all these vaccines, which was a good thing. And that was a lot of money, and it was a good bet.”
He does believe the government “stepped up” during the pandemic, but that his native United Kingdom had a better plan to deploy the vaccine. “The difference was the U.K., at the beginning, had a rollout, which was much better than the U.S. The U.S. rollout was just non-existent in the beginning until the Biden administration came,” he commented. “But of course, we’ve got so many other problems that the economy in both these countries is pretty badly hit. That’s a big hole to get out of.”