It is never too late to make things right, except when a pandemic and the election are involved.
President Donald Trump had that “Where were you when I needed you?” feeling when Pfizer announced landmark progress on a COVID-19 vaccine Monday with 90% trial efficacy. You know, six days after Election Day.
“The @US_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 Monday night after recent pledges that a vaccine would be ready by Election Day.
Pfizer made the vaccine announcement. Trump wrote that the pharmaceutical company “didn’t have the courage before” the election.
“We announced it the moment we learned about it,” Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla told CNN. “I said multiple times that the election for us is an artificial timeline.” Pfizer announced in mid-October that it planned to apply for FDA authorization in late November.
Bloomberg News reported that an independent data-monitoring committee reviewed the vaccine trial results on Sunday for the first time.
Trump has several high profile objections he’s making very public, with allegations that he was cheated out of election wins in several states because of intentional voter fraud. Trump tweeted Monday that if Biden had been in office, “you wouldn’t have the Vaccine for another four years.”
“The timing of this is pretty amazing,” Donald Trump Jr. tweeted. “Nothing nefarious about the timing of this at all right?”
Timing is usually everything. Right now, a vaccine could be everything after the U.S. reported at least 100,000 new cases for seven consecutive days.