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Trump takes credit for Pfizer Vaccine

Trump sounded convincing when he explained that this unusually rapid development of the vaccine was only possible because of robust decision making of his administration. Vaccines normally take 5 years or more to develop.

At 4:00 pm Eastern Time (ET), President Donald Trump gave an update on Operation Warp Speed from Rose Garden, White House along with Vice President Mike Pence, Dr. Moncef Slaoui, chief adviser of Operation Warp Speed and Gen. Gustave Perna, Chief Operating Officer of Operation Warp Speed (OWS).

This was the first time the President came out and spoke in the public since different television networks projected on Saturday that Joe Biden has been elected the 46th President of the United States.

Last time President Trump spoke on November 5 when he claimed to have been stripped of the presidency through rigged elections.

Claiming credit for record time vaccine development

During the press conference, President Trump took credit for the Pfizer Vaccine as well as other vaccines developed by the likes of Oxford and Astra Zenica. According to the speakers, the development of Covid vaccine would never have been possible in a record time of 6-7 months had the Trump administration not wholly and solely supported its development.

Read more: Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine 90% effective in Phase 3 trial

They pointed out that in July, the administration signed a contract with Pfizer for 1.95 billion USD “to support mass manufacturing and distribution of 100 million doses”. This helped the firm develop the vaccine earlier than expected as the US government assured them that they would purchase their product.

Quite credibly and convincingly President Trump and his aides offered and explained facts. They particularly highlighted how the vaccine had been developed at a record speed and time which had been unprecedented in human history. This kind of vaccine could’ve easily taken up to 10 years. Under very favourable circumstances, it could’ve taken up to 4-5 years, at the least.

Trump explained that his administration was putting in massive efforts for rolling out the vaccines.

It’s noteworthy that the vaccines will not only act as future preventions but also as treatment. So all the people who have contracted Covid and are currently sick – once the vaccine is available and approved by the FDA – can be directly administered as a therapeutic tool as well.

Did Pfizer deliberately put off announcement of vaccine?

Sources close to the Trump administration suspect that Pfizer was actually in a position to declare the finalisation of the vaccine before the November 3 elections. The top management of Pfizer, however, clarified that the moment they found out that the trials are 90% effective they came forward with it to the media. Pfizer released the news on 9th November.

However, there are lingering doubts in the Trump administration that Pfizer and the other companies have somehow withheld the information and had they declared the information on November 3 or before that – it could’ve had a more positive effect on Trump administration in the election.

Read more: US signs $2 billion deal for coronavirus vaccines with Pfizer and BioNTech

On the brink of acknowledging election defeat 

Through this unusual press conference in the afternoon of November 13 (ET) – President Trump wanted to send a clear message. He also explained the disasters of the pandemic, saying that his administration has never supported lockdowns – they are a bigger problem than the solution.

“I will not — this administration will not be doing a lockdown. Hopefully whatever happens in the future — who knows which administration it will be? I guess time will tell — but I can tell you this administration will not go to a lockdown,” Trump said in the Rose Garden, his first public remarks in days.

This was the first time President Trump came so close to acknowledging that he will not be president after Jan. 20.