President Trump on Friday accused drugmaker Pfizer of playing “corrupt games” with the timing of COVID-19 vaccine data in order to sink both his re-election and his drug price reforms, as he urged his successor to keep the game-changing policies.
Trump has not conceded to President-elect Joe Biden, but implicitly recognized the state of the race as he formalized three policies to cut drug prices.
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Although Trump told reporters in the White House briefing room that “I won” the election, he also said he hopes the pricing reforms outlast his presidency.
“I just hope they keep it. I hope they have the courage to keep it because the powerful drug lobby, Big Pharma, is putting pressure on people like you wouldn’t believe,” Trump said.
It was the president’s first briefing room appearance since major news networks declared Biden the president-elect. He spoke as Pfizer submitted a federal emergency use application Friday for its COVID-19 vaccine.
Trump unveiled his dramatic plans to slash drug prices before the election and cast them as an important part of his legacy, noting he also moved to allow governors to import lower-cost drugs from Canada and brokered reduced insulin costs for diabetics.
Sources: NY Post; Image: Internewscast