Pfizer vaccine’s funding came from Berlin, not Washington


Pfizer partnered with German drugmaker BioNTech to develop the vaccine and shared sparse details of its stage 3 clinical trials based on a review of data that has been reviewed by experts.

The pharmaceutical giant did not use taxpayer funds in terms of the research and development of the vaccine. If Pfizer's vaccine passes all the safety checks and is proved to be effective, the government will begin a United Kingdom -wide distribution effort led by the National Health Service, he added.

With the U.S. Food and Drug Administration only requiring 50 percent effectiveness for a coronavirus vaccine, the Pfizer shot has exceeded expectations.

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However, while Pfizer did not take research funds from the federal government, a Pfizer spokesperson clarified his relationship with Operation Wrap Speed.

Pfizer announced that its drug was found to be more than 90% effective in preventing COVID-19, marking one of the most major and positive developments yet in the fight against the pandemic. But is the new vaccine part of Operation Warp Speed?

While Biden's advisers broadly aimed to collect information about the development, production and distribution of the drugs, the talks also included discussion of Operation Warp Speed - the Trump administration's multibillion-dollar vaccine initiative that the former vice president will take over when he enters the White House in January, the news service reported Sunday.

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Others quickly called on the Trump administration for taking credit for the vaccine, noting that the head of vaccine research and development at Pfizer, Dr. Kathrin Jansen, had previously said that the trial "never took money from the USA government or anyone else".

Pfizer Chairman and CEO Dr. Albert Bouria also said that Pfizer was "honored to be a part of this effort to provide Americans access to protection from this deadly virus". "I wanted to liberate our scientists from any bureaucracy", Bourla said in an interview on CBS's "Face the Nation" on September 16.

"When you get money from someone that always comes with strings". "You see a little flame, you stamp it out, and we're doing that all across the state". "Only Vermont and Maine, I think, have a lower infection rate, and they're more rural states".

That said, however, the USA government over the summer did place an initial $1.95 billion order with Pfizer for 100 million doses, which will be given to Americans for free.

Biden, however, has criticized President Trump's emphasis on speed when it comes to vaccine development and his campaign has said Operation Warp Speed "lacks sound leadership".

The Phase 3 clinical trial began on July 27 and has enrolled 43,538 participants to date, 38,955 of whom have received a second dose of the vaccine candidate as of November 8, 2020. Loser and lame-duck president, Donald Trump took a break from lying about his presidential election loss to Joe Biden on Twitter and tweeted, "STOCK MARKET UP BIG, VACCINE COMING SOON".

He added that he's been speaking with other governors to either fix President Donald Trump's plans for private providers to distribute the vaccine or to "stop it before it does damage".