Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) seemed to imply that Pfizer's announcement of the Covid-19 vaccine was scheduled in time for Joe Biden to win the 2020 presidential election. Cruz did not provide any evidence to support his claim and merely used his Twitter presence to highlight a similar tweet from Steve Guest, the GOP's Rapid Response Director.
"Miracle. COVID is cured, exactly when the networks called the race for Biden," Cruz replied.
Wonder. COVID healed the moment the networks called the race for Biden. https://t.co/YcYeIolilZ
– Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) November 10, 2020
Cruz's claim is false.
In October, Pfizer announced that it would not apply for approval for Covid-19 until mid-November.
"Our internal standards for vaccine safety and those required by regulatory agencies are high. In the case of the U.S. emergency approval for a potential COVID-19 vaccine, the FDA requires companies to provide two months of safety data for half of the study participants after the final dose of the vaccine. " Albert Bourla, CEO of Pfizer, said in an open letter posted October 16. "Based on our current study enrollment and dosing pace, we estimate that we will reach this milestone in the third week of November. Safety is and will remain our number one priority and we will monitor and report the safety data for all study participants for two years. "
Pfizer is right on schedule.
The company also confirmed that it did not partner with the Trump administration to develop its vaccine, which it claims is 90 percent effective. This did not prevent President Trump or Vice President Mike Pence from paying tribute to the vaccine they falsely attributed to Operation WarpSpeed, their plan for an accelerated coronavirus vaccine.
Alan is a New York based writer, editor, and news junkie.