The pharmaceutical company Pfizer confirmed Monday that they were part of the Trump administration’s Operation Warp Speed after news outlets tried to deny the president credit for helping to develop a coronavirus vaccine.
The company released a statement vindicating the Trump administration and busting those in the media for their glaring error, the Washington Examiner‘s Becket Adams noted in a Tuesday column.
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Pfizer announced Monday that a vaccine they’ve developed for COVID-19 is 90% effective, prompting a stock market rally and applause from both President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence.
STOCK MARKET UP BIG, VACCINE COMING SOON. REPORT 90% EFFECTIVE. SUCH GREAT NEWS!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 9, 2020
Amid the news, a number of “fact-checkers” claimed that Trump deserved no credit, pointing to a quote from the company’s top researcher, Kathrin Jansen. “We were never part of the Warp Speed,” she told The New York Times, according to Adams. “We have never taken any money from the U.S. government or from anyone.”
Although Pfizer did not use federal funding for its research and development, the company signed an advanced purchase agreement with the Trump administration in July for 100 million doses of a coronavirus vaccine, a deal worth $1.95 billion, Adams reported Tuesday.
A number of “fact-checkers” argued that Trump was falsely taking credit because the administration did not directly fund the research. However, that’s more a matter of interpretation than of fact — and as far as facts go, the idea that Pfizer was not a part of Warp Speed is false.
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Indeed, even The New York Times admitted Monday that the company had clarified Jansen’s remarks in a statement.
“Pfizer is proud to be one of various vaccine manufacturers participating in Operation Warp Speed as a supplier of a potential COVID-19 vaccine,” the company told the Spectator, according to Adams. “While Pfizer did reach an advanced purchase agreement with the US government, the company did not accept BARDA funding for the research and development process.”
The statement added: “All the investment for [research and development] and manufacturing has been made by Pfizer at risk. Dr. Jansen’s comment, which was taken out of context, was just emphasizing that last point.”
It appears that a number of media outlets either took Jansen’s statement at face value or were simply eager to spin the truth to deny Trump any credit for a good thing. Some, it seems, can’t make up their minds whether Pfizer’s announcement is good news at all. Just ask New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
“The bad news is that it’s about two months before Joe Biden takes over, and this means [the Trump] administration is going to be implementing a vaccine plan,” the Democrat said Monday, according to the New York Post.