On Monday, Pfizer announced that they may have a vaccine against coronavirus that could be 90% effective and ready for distribution by the end of the month. After the announcement, President Trump tweeted saying that by waiting until a few days after the election, the FDA and Democrats denied him a “vaccine win” and wanted to hurt his chance at reelection.
President Trump has been hard at work with his covid response team to fight the virus, slow the spread, and develop a vaccine. He has said many times before that we were “very close” to getting one, but didn’t offer any specific details. Dr. Fauci said, “You have to go through the hoops of making sure all of the i’s are dotted and the t’s are crossed about the safety and the regulatory aspects of it, but we would be giving vaccine to people very likely before the end of this year. That is good news.” He also said that there may be other drug companies close to having another vaccine as well.
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Pfizer made the announcement of the vaccine and said that they plan on applying for emergency use authorization from the FDA by the end of the month. The Trump Administration celebrated this announcement and praised it as a success for Operation Warp Speed – the federal initiative to accelerate the development and production of a covid vaccine.
However, Kathrin Jansen, a senior vice president and the head of vaccine research and development at Pfizer originally denied that the company was ever a part of Operation Warp Speed. “We were never part of the Warp Speed. We have never taken any money from the U.S. government, or from anyone.” The company has since come out and clarified her statement.
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. 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.”
Sources: Daily Wire, New York Post; Photo-NBC