2020-11-12 18:41:37 UTC
vaccine - and he ordered HHS secretary Alex Azar to 'get to the bottom' of why
breakthrough was revealed AFTER election
*President Donald Trump raged that the 'medical deep state' had conspired
*The Washington Post reported that Trump was incensed that Pfizer's sunny
COVID-19 vaccine news came out Monday, six days after the election
*'They are trying to say there was collusion between FDA and Pfizer to delay
this analysis of the trial data so that it wouldnt benefit Trump,' a source
*Trump told Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar to 'get to the bottom'
of what happened with Pfizer and the FDA
*In a coronavirus taskforce meeting, Azar suggested in front of Commissioner
Stephen Hahn that the FDA was partially at fault for the timing
*Azar's line of questioning also indicated that he believed Pfizer's decision to
announce the results after the election was politically motivated
*A third-party committee looked at the data from the COVID-19 vaccine trial and
didn't reveal the results until Sunday, five days after the election
President Donald Trump raged that the 'medical deep state' had conspired against
him, pointing to Monday's sunny news about Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine, which came
six days after the presidential election.
The Washington Post reported Wednesday night that Trump lashed out at the Food
and Drug Administration following the disclosure that Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine
was 90 per cent effective.
In the hours following the Monday announcement, Trump told Health and Human
Services Secretary Alex Azar to 'get to the bottom' of what happened with
Pfizer, a senior White House official told The Post.
After that, FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn had to brief the coronavirus taskforce
on the vaccine data.
A senior administration official told The Post that the meeting agenda had been
approved so Hahn could walk the taskforce members through the vaccine approval
Hahn informed the taskforce that the timing was a result of decisions made by
But Azar, according to The Post's sources, asserted - in front of coronavirus
taskforce leader Vice President Mike Pence - that the FDA's action has
contributed to the delay.
Sources also said that Azar's line of questioning indicated that he believed
Pfizer's timing was politically motivated.
By Monday night, Trump was pushing that narrative on Twitter.
'As I have long said, @Pfizer and the others would only announce a Vaccine after
the Election, because they didnt have the courage to do it before,' he wrote.
'Likewise, the @US_FDA should have announced it earlier, not for political
purposes, but for saving lives!'
'The @US_FDA and the Democrats didnt want to have me get a Vaccine WIN, prior
to the election, so instead it came out five days later - As Ive said all
along!' Trump added.
One source who wouldn't use their name in the story also pushed this storyline.
Pfizer 'either knew the data and sat on it, or intentionally did not review it
as originally planned, in order to push it beyond the election for political
purposes,' the White House official said.
There's no evidence that Pfizer withheld data until after the November 3
election, which Trump lost to President-elect Joe Biden.
Trump continues to refuse to concede.
The Post found that Pfizer didn't have access to the data to make the
announcement until Sunday, November 8. An independent monitoring committee
analyzed the data Sunday and then informed Pfizer's chief executive Albert
The company made the public announcement the next day.
'Whats going on is they are trying to say there was collusion between FDA and
Pfizer to delay this analysis of the trial data so that it wouldnt benefit
Trump in the election, and theres no basis to that,' another White House
official told The Post.