Pfizer refused to work with Trump because of demands that safety procedures be dropped …and GOP donors be cut in
[ Editor’s Note: VT has been wondering why Trump has kept such a low profile, which is out of character, especially in the middle of a big fight. The only credible reason we see is after the TV networks cut him off when he began his rant about the stolen election, he went into a meltdown.
We think the White House staff is trying to get him back into shape so he can go in front of the cameras again. But they will cut him off again if he were to try to rally his base with cries of a stolen election, a violation of FCC rules (inflammatory fake news) and one that major media is in total agreement on.
Before the current meltdown, we had his earlier meltdown, when Pfizer announced its testing was completed just after the election. Trump went berserk over that, thinking the company had held back on the announcement.
And maybe Pfizer did, knowing that he was going to take all the credit for THEIR vaccine which they self funded. Talk is going on now that part of Trump’s holding up the transition for president elect Biden is to punish Pfizer and Biden by preventing all the distribution, logistics and training that needs to be done to get the first doses to the frontline Covid workers. Backup support for hospital readiness should be in motion now.
A two month delay is going to result in a much higher death rate in February, which the Trumpers can claim is on Biden’s watch.
The other political drone hovering over us on blocking the certification of the election is that if Trump does not get saved by the Supreme Court declaring a fraudulent election, then Republican legislatures could trigger their nuclear option, which would be to not send their electors to DC to finalize the new Biden administration.
If that were to happen, we would then enter into the constitutional Twilight Zone, and that could be one hell of a rough ride… Jim W. Dean ]
VT: Coordination for distribution of Pfizer’s new vaccine should be underway as the nations biggest single response to crisis in her history. Nothing has happened. Trump is “blackballing” Pfizer and their vaccine.
Olivia Troye: I was on Trump's COVID task force. His transition antics are sabotaging the vaccine.— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) November 11, 2020
"The Trump administration has stopped all transition activities and funding, and that will slow — if not completely halt — vaccination efforts."https://t.co/PH8c5JyCAQ
Biden isn’t getting briefings, nor is Pfizer, nor are the states and cities in what should be the biggest and most complicated effort since the Manhattan Project. Instead, it has hit not just “back burner,” it is being sabotaged in a Hitleresque move to punish the American people for betraying the Trump family.
Advisers to Trump’s own COVID task force concede that his refusal to concede and begin the transition is going to make Biden’s implementation of vaccine distribution plans harder and lead to more death. https://t.co/FUU63xKsCX— Sam Stein (@samstein) November 12, 2020
Another one, via @ErinBanco
Almost nobody has seen Trump in days, not in hitting distance. In fact, the childish mayhem isn’t his at all, not even the Trump family’s. They are all positioning to avoid prosecution or cutting the best deals they can. They may even turn on each other.
Trump is convinced the "medical deep state" deliberately tried to sabotage his election after Pfizer announced promising vaccine data after Election Day, tension that came up at Monday's task force meeting. w/ @lauriemcginley2 @jdawsey1 @Carolynyjohnson https://t.co/yGTOBJCkv2— Yasmeen Abutaleb (@yabutaleb7) November 12, 2020
The real problem is the vaccine issue. Trump’s biggest personal issue, what he sees as a betrayal, is Pfizer. They didn’t take government money and decided to withhold their vaccine announcement until after the election.
Trump reportedly went apeshit on his FDA chief hours after Pfizer made its vaccine announcement on Monday https://t.co/oQexvHrEYz— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) November 12, 2020
Trump had nothing whatsoever to do with Pfizer’s vaccine. However…
There can be no distribution without Trump ordering his COVID response team to coordinate with not only Pfizer but state and local governments, many that aren’t talking to Trump at all.
Trump has cut many of them off entirely, certainly Pennsylvania, New York, California, Wisconsin, Michigan, Arizona, Nevada, Washington, Oregon and a dozen or so more including Virginia and Georgia.
Thus, 200 million Americans may well have to wait until well into 2021, until Biden takes over, to have an opportunity to be vaccinatedCredit…BioNTech
For months, scientists and public health experts have been saying the most crucial part of defusing the Covid-19 pandemic will be developing a safe and effective vaccine. So it was cause for celebration this week when Pfizer announced that an early analysis showed its vaccine candidate was more than 90 percent effective.
If Pfizer receives authorization for its vaccine from the Food and Drug Administration in the coming weeks, as expected, the company in theory could vaccinate millions of Americans by the end of the year, taking advantage of months of planning and decades of experience.
“I am very confident. I live and breathe this,” Tanya Alcorn, a Pfizer executive overseeing the supply chain for the vaccine, said in an interview on Wednesday. “We have developed a system that does not waste any precious vaccine.”
But Pfizer — like other manufacturers that may soon be authorized to roll out their vaccines — does not fully control its own destiny. The effort will hinge on collaboration among a network of companies, federal and state agencies, and on-the-ground health workers in the midst of a pandemic that is spreading faster than ever through the United States.
Before Pfizer can begin shipping its vaccine, federal and state governments must tell it where to send how many doses. McKesson, a major medical supplier, will have to provide hospitals and other distribution sites with the syringes, needles and other supplies necessary to administer the vaccine.
“We have a lot of confusion at the state and the local health departments level, and a lot of concern about the nitty-gritty of deployment,” said Dr. Saad B. Omer, the director of the Yale Institute for Global Health. “Which places, where to vaccinate, how to get the vaccine there, how to identify people in various risk groups, how to document, how to call back people for the second dose.”
Then there is the thorny question of who will receive vaccines first. That will be up to state governments.