Mike Pence broke his post-election silence to blow off the Trump administration’s support for a new coronavirus vaccine – only to the company to immediately point out that its vaccine was not linked nothing to the government.
Pfizer announced on Monday morning that its Covid-19 vaccine was 90% effective, in early trials.
“BIG NEWS: Thanks to the public-private partnership underpinned by @realDonaldTrump President, @pfizer announced their trial of their Coronavirus Vaccine is EFFECTIVE, preventing infection in 90% of volunteers,” he said. Pence tweeted.
But the New York-based company was quick to clarify.
Dr. Kathrin Jansen, Pfizer̵7;s head of vaccine development, told the New York Times: “We were never part of the Warp Speed… We never took any money from ourselves. US government or from anyone ”.
The Warp Speed campaign is a $ 12 billion government program that started in May to provide vaccines to 300 million Americans.
Pfizer, the vaccine development company with German pharmaceutical manufacturer BioNTech, did not provide complete details on the clinical trial process, but experts hailed it as a worthy breakthrough. tell.
Equally important is the fact that the US-based company – unlike other leading vaccine companies – refuses to accept government funds for research and development, in an attempt to preserve maintain their independence.
She said that she already knew the results from the outside expert panel as soon as 1pm on Sunday and that time was not affected by the election.
“We have always said that science is driving the way we behave – not politics,” she said.
Albert Bourla, President and CEO of Pfizer, on October 1 wrote an open letter to US colleagues lamenting that a vaccine is being “discussed more politically than scientific facts “, and said he was” disappointed “by the weaponization of public health.
“Amplified political rhetoric around vaccine development, political timing and credit is undermining public confidence,” he warned.
“We will never succumb to political pressure. The only pressure we feel – and it’s very heavy – is that billions of people, millions of businesses and hundreds of government officials are dependent on us.” we.
“We have joined many globally elected leaders through this health crisis, but Pfizer does not receive investment money from any government. Our independence is a valuable asset ”.
Joe Biden’s team applauded the “good news”, but reminding everyone that it is still early days and taking steps to stop the spread of the virus – like wearing a mask – is still important most need to remember.