Trump accuses FDA of withholding approval of Pfizer Covid vaccine until AFTER election to stop him getting 'a win'
PRESIDENT Trump has accused the FDA of deliberately not announcing the approval of a breakthrough coronavirus vaccine until after the election – his latest claim of a conspiracy to prevent his re-election.
After Pfizer announced early data from its coronavirus vaccine trial showed the vaccine was more than 90 per cent effective on Monday morning, Trump took to Twitter to blame the Food and Drug Administration – and the Democrats – for not announcing the news sooner.
"The FDA and the Democrats didn’t want to have me get a Vaccine WIN, prior to the election, so instead it came out five days later – As I’ve said all along!" Trump tweeted.
In another tweet, Trump alleged a vaccine under Joe Biden would take four years.
"If Joe Biden were President, you wouldn’t have the Vaccine for another four years, nor would the FDA have ever approved it so quickly," he wrote. "The bureaucracy would have destroyed millions of lives!"
Another tweet claims the FDA and Pfizer worked together to delay their announcement of a vaccine.
"As I have long said, Pfizer and the others would only announce a Vaccine after the Election, because they didn’t have the courage to do it before," he wrote.
"Likewise, the FDA should have announced it earlier, not for political purposes, but for saving lives!"
Trump's son, Donald Trump Jr, earlier took to Twitter and questioned why the announcement of the vaccine occurred days after the election.
"Amazing how this is coming out now," Trump Jr tweeted. "It’s almost as if it was always exaggerated on purpose!"
Along with the vaccine's effective rates, Pfizer announced it will have enough doses to give to between 15 and 20 million people by the end of the year.
On multiple occasions during the campaign trail, Trump claimed a vaccine would be ready by election day.
"This is a historical moment," said Kathrin Jansen, a senior vice president and the head of vaccine research and development at Pfizer.
"This was a devastating situation, a pandemic, and we have embarked on a path and a goal that nobody ever has achieved," Jansen added, "to come up with a vaccine within a year."
The company has denied allegations that political maneuverings determined the timing of their announcement.
President-elect Joe Biden seized in on Pfizer's announcement Monday, stating the vaccine will be free for Americans and once again reminding people to wear a mask in the meantime.
The FDA did, however, approve an experimental antibody drug for distribution Monday.
Trump had touted the drug during the campaign trail, which will be made available for those experiencing severe symptoms of Covid-19.
Trump's tweet comes three days after he lost the election to Biden, the results of which were decided after voters in Pennsylvania voted to give the state's 20 electoral votes to Biden, sweeping him over the 270 electoral vote threshold needed to win the presidency.
Over 74 million Americans voted in favor of Biden, as compared to 70 million who voted for Trump, in a record-shattering voter turnout where 65 per cent of eligible voters participated in the election.
The Trump campaign is currently launching a number of lawsuits in swing states like Pennsylvania, Georgia and Arizona, alleging widespread voter fraud swung those states to Biden.
Attorney General Bill Barr has also authorized the Department of Justice to investigate alleged cases of widespread voter fraud – as claimed by the Trump campaign and the president's allies despite a lack of evidence proving it exists.
Trump's loss in Georgia, where he trailed Biden by over 12,000 votes and counting, is narrow enough that it will require a recount.
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