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President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence celebrated and took credits for the Pfizer vaccine’s success, which Pzifer immediately debunked. Dr. Kathrin Jansen, a senior vice president and head of vaccine research and development at the company, implied that Pzifer was never part of “Operation Warp Speed” and has never taken any money from the U.S. government or anybody.
The drug marks the most significant, prominent, and positive development in the fight against the pandemic, having more than 90% effectiveness in preventing COVID-19 on its volunteers.
“STOCK MARKET UP BIG, VACCINE COMING SOON. REPORT 90% EFFECTIVE. SUCH GREAT NEWS!”President Donald Trump tweeted
“HUGE NEWS: Thanks to the public-private partnership forged by President @realDonaldTrump, @pfizer announced its Coronavirus Vaccine trial is EFFECTIVE, preventing infection in 90% of its volunteers.”Vice President Mike Pence
Operation Warp Speed is the U.S. administration’s initiative to accelerate the development and distribution of the coronavirus vaccine, but Pfizer excludes itself from this operation. Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla stated that he wanted to liberate the company’s scientists from any bureaucracy as getting money from someone always comes with strings.
“We’ve engaged with many elected leaders around the globe through this health crisis, but Pfizer took no investment money from any government. Our independence is a precious asset.”Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla
However, over the summer, the U.S. government placed an initial $1.95 billion order with Pfizer for 100 million doses for American recipients and will be for free. In late July, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar stated that adding Pfizer and BioNTech’s vaccines increases the possibility of having a safe and effective vaccine by the end of the year.
Pfizer on Monday affirmed that it was a participant in Warp Speed due to the advance purchase agreement but insists that it did not receive government funding for research and development of the vaccine.
James Surowiecki, an author and business journalist, stated that the U.S. government’s preorder on the Pfizer’s vaccine is already a partnership as it gave Pfizer the certainty to invest in its development.
The Food and Drug Administration must still evaluate the Pfizer vaccine; thus, it is still inaccessible for distribution.