Earlier today BioNTech and Pfizer announced that they have produced a vaccine that is 90% effective, far higher than anticipated.
Breaking News: Pfizer said early data showed its vaccine was more than 90 percent effective in preventing Covid-19, pushing the company to a lead in the vaccine race. https://t.co/HThqNKKPps
— The New York Times (@nytimes) November 9, 2020
This is great news. However, some have pointed out the timing is quite odd. This announcement before the election likely would have been a giant boost to President Trump.
According to a report from Statnews, Pfizer knew about how effective this vaccine was weeks ago.
Wait, the vaccine was known to be successful weeks ago?? Fauci, Biden, media mocked Trump at this time for saying vaccine was close. The Oct announcement just happened to be delayed AFTER the election? We need answers from corporate & government officials. https://t.co/zPRSZZeWfX pic.twitter.com/c3grJL7dJ2
— Jim DeMint (@JimDeMint) November 9, 2020
Gruber said that Pfizer and BioNTech had decided in late October that they wanted to drop the 32-case interim analysis. At that time, the companies decided to stop having their lab confirm cases of Covid-19 in the study, instead leaving samples in storage. The FDA was aware of this decision. Discussions between the agency and the companies concluded, and testing began this past Wednesday. When the samples were tested, there were 94 cases of Covid in the trial. The DSMB met on Sunday.
This means that the statistical strength of the result is likely far stronger than was initially expected. It also means that if Pfizer had held to the original plan, the data would likely have been available in October, as its CEO, Albert Bourla, had initially predicted.
President and CEO for the Center for Security Policy Fred Fleitz also called this out:
It is stunning that Pfizer withheld this news until after the election. This would not have happened without the enormous pressure @realDonaldTrump put on the pharmaceutical industry. Republicans will remember this. https://t.co/N2noORt4fM
— Fred Fleitz (@FredFleitz) November 9, 2020
Answers are certainly needed.
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