UPDATED 6:49 AM PT – Saturday, November 14, 2020
The Trump administration is looking to push Pfizer’s vaccine through the regulatory red tape and out to the American people.
On Friday, President Trump updated the public on the fight against the coronavirus pandemic while also touting the success of Operation Warp Speed.
“The average development timeline for the vaccine, including clinical tests and manufacturing, can take eight to 12 years,” he explained. “Through Operation Warp Speed, we’re doing it in less than one year.”
The President said the administration invested nearly $2 billion into Pfizer, so they could manufacture and distribute 100 million doses of their vaccine. He noted their deal with the biotech company includes an additional $600 million doses after their initial batch gets out to Americans.
“If you had a different administration with different people, what we’ve done would have taken, in my opinion, three, four or five years and it would have been in the FDA forever,” said President Trump.
Earlier this week, Pfizer announced their vaccine candidate was more than 90-percent effective at combating COVID-19. This was reported in their first interim analysis of their phase three clinical trials and they will continue examining the vaccine’s effects as more data comes through.
POTUS: “As a result of Operation Warp Speed” Pfizer has produced a 90% effective vaccine.
That Pfizer first said Trump Admin’s Op Warp Speed had nothing to do with vaccine:
An “unfortunate mistake” they made when they said that.
— Chanel Rion OAN (@ChanelRion) November 13, 2020
“We will work to secure an emergency use authorization, which should be coming down extremely soon, and my administration will then coordinate the distribution of the vaccine and it will be approved,” stated the President. “I think, again, it will be approved very, very quickly, we hope.”
In the meantime, President Trump has predicted the vaccine will be approved by the FDA in the coming weeks. He said as soon as the agency gives him the green-light to distribute the vaccine, he will immediately dish it out to frontline workers and vulnerable Americans.
Additionally, the administration will expand production to reach out to the greater public by April.
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) November 13, 2020