Trump Falsely Claims Credit For Pfizer Vaccine, Though Company Did Not Take Government Funds

Trump Falsely Claims Credit For Pfizer Vaccine, Though Company Did Not Take Government Funds

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President Donald Trump on Friday once again took credit for Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine by touting Operation Warp Speed despite the company not taking government funds to develop its vaccine.

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US President Donald Trump looks on after delivering an update on “Operation Warp Speed” in the Rose … [+] Garden of the White House in Washington, DC on November 13, 2020. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP) (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)

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“Pfizer said that it was not part of Warp Speed, but that turned out to be an unfortunate misrepresentation,” Trump said, claiming the company took $1.95 billion in funds despite fact-checkers already debunking that claim.

The comments come after several Trump allies, including Vice President Mike Pence and White House adviser Ivanka Trump, both tried to give the administration credit.

The company did, indeed, sign an agreement to sell 100 million doses to the Department of Health and Human Services once the vaccine is authorized by the Food and Drug Administration, a Pfizer spokesperson told Forbes.

However, Pfizer’s head of vaccine research and development told the New York Times that they “were never part of the Warp Speed” and did not take taxpayer money for vaccine research.

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