President Donald Trump stated on Monday that he believes the Food and Drug Administration, working in tandem with Democrats, worked to delay news about a potential vaccine for the coronavirus as a means of hurting his chances to get reelected to the White House.
Trump took to Twitter to share his thoughts and feelings on the matter, just after news broke on Monday of a Pfizer vaccine for COVID-19 being authorized by the end of November. The company also released a study that said the vaccine it created with partners over at BioNTech, show it to be 90 percent effective at protecting against the illness.
“The [FDA] and the Democrats didn’t want to have me get a Vaccine WIN, prior to the election, so instead it came out five days later – As I’ve said all along!” Trump tweeted.
The @US_FDA and the Democrats didn’t want to have me get a Vaccine WIN, prior to the election, so instead it came out five days later – As I’ve said all along!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 10, 2020
Pfizer announced the news on Monday morning and said that early survey results based off 94 trial participants in a study involving 43,538 subjects showed that the vaccine could be as high as 90% effective against the virus.
The announcement was touted by the Trump administration as a success for Operation Warp Speed, the administration’s plan to greatly accelerate the production of a coronavirus vaccine. Kathrin Jansen, a senior vice president and the head of vaccine research and development at Pfizer, had initially denied that the company had ever taken part in the Trump administration initiative.
“We were never part of the Warp Speed,” Jansen said to The New York Times. “We have never taken any money from the U.S. government, or from anyone.”
Pfizer later walked that statement back, acknowledging that they did indeed participate in Operation Warp Speed. In fact, the company had put out a press release back in July saying that.
“Pfizer is proud to be one of various vaccine manufacturers participating in Operation Warp Speed as a supplier of a potential COVID-19 vaccine. While Pfizer did reach an advanced purchase agreement with the U.S. government, the company did not accept BARDA funding for the research and development process,” the company stated. “All the investment for R&D and manufacturing has been made by Pfizer at risk. Dr. Jansen’s comment, which was taken out of context, was just emphasizing that last point.”
It wouldn’t be surprising in the least if mainstream media outlets sat on the news story as a means of bringing election results out to a favorable outcome for Joe Biden, the person they most wanted to win.
That is not how this country is supposed to be, folks. We should all be about helping each other and part of that includes the sharing of vital and uplifting information.