(PresidentialInsider.com)- According to pharmaceutical company Pfizer, the claims from the New York Times that the company never participated in President Donald Trump’s “Operation Warp Speed” are incorrect. After the pharmaceutical company announced on Monday that they had confirmed a new vaccine was up to 90% effective in protecting people from contracting the virus, the far-left news outlet took the words of the company’s senior vice president out of context.
The Times said that Kathrin Jensen claimed the company was “never part of the Warp Speed” but later that day, the company walked back the claims and said that they were involved.
And this is supported by a press release from the company from the summer. On July 22, Pfizer said that they had executed an “agreement with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Defense to meet the U.S. government’s Operation Warp Speed program goal.”
“Under the agreement, the U.S. government will receive 100 million doses of BNT162, the COVID-19 vaccine candidate jointly developed by Pfizer and BioNTech, after Pfizer successfully manufactures and obtains approval or emergency use authorization from U.S. Food and Drug Administration,” it continued.
It meant that, under Operation Warp Speed, the United States government pre-committed to buying millions of doses of the vaccine. The program was a procedural and administrational effort to speed up the time it took not just to develop the vaccine, but to purchase and distribute it also.
Vice President Mike Pence announced on Monday the “HUGE NEWS” from the pharmaceutical company and referenced the public-private partnership that helped get the job done.
— Mike Pence (@Mike_Pence) November 9, 2020
In the July statement, Pfizer CEO Dr. Albert Bouria said they were “honored to be a part of this effort to provide Americans access to protection from this deadly virus.”
Not only did the New York Times make the false claim that the pharmaceutical company was not involved with Operation Warp Speed, but Twitter promoted the story and put it at the top of the trending bar for its millions of users to see.
Was this a concerted effort to discredit President Trump in what may be his final months in office?