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The Trumps Lie About the Pfizer vaccine

Donald Trump is now seriously arguing that the FDA deliberately withheld trial data from their COVID-19 vaccine until after the election.

"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!"
https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1325962203346972678

The real story is:

"experimental COVID-19 vaccine is more than 90% effective based on initial trial results... the first successful interim data from a large-scale clinical test.. "

https://www.reuters.com/article/idUSKBN27P1CT

There is no evidence, whatsoever, that the FDA prevented the release of the Pfizer experimental vaccine trial data until after the election. Nor is there any evidence that the US government can be credited for the Pfizer vaccine.

Ivanka Trump Falsely Gives Credit To Government For Pfizer Vaccine Success
https://www.forbes.com/sites/roberthart/2020/11/09/ivanka-trump-falsely-...

On one hand, Ivanka Trump credits the government for the success, and on the other hand, Donald Trump says reporting the success was prevented by the government. Both claims are demonstrably false.

In any case, Pfizer wasn't part of Operation Warp Speed for development and manufacturing, the Trump government's PPP to engage with SARS-CoV-2 (although they did accept funding for distribution if they developed a vaccine).

Pfizer Vaccine’s Funding Came From Berlin, Not Washington
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-11-09/pfizer-vaccine-s-fund...

Meanwhile, a large study has found that some 20% of SARS-CoV-2 patients develop a mental illness, with anxiety, depression, and insomnia being most common (about twice the number of other patient groups) and with heightened incidences of dementia. People with a pre-existing mental illness were 65% more likely to be diagnosed with COVID-19 than those without.

https://www.reuters.com/article/health-coronavirus-mental-illness-int-id...

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