President Donald Trump is expected to sign an executive order giving American citizens priority over a COVID-19 vaccine over foreigners.
America First Approach to Vaccines
Senior government officials on Monday briefed Fox News on the upcoming decision by President Trump, who is expected to sign the executive order on Tuesday, giving Americans priority for the vaccine.
Breaking # FoxNews Alert: Trump Signs Coronavirus Vaccine Executive Order That Gives Americans Priority Over Foreign Nations
– Chuck Callesto (@ChuckCallesto) December 7, 2020
The sources told Fox News that the president would emphasize to the people that the search for a coronavirus vaccine has always been approached an "America First" method.
"The priority is to make sure we distribute these vaccines to Americans before we ship them around the world for international access," an official told Fox News. International aid will come "in late spring, early summer" and only after "vaccinating those who wish to be vaccinated".
The executive order is "clear and indicates that we prioritize access to the American people before working with partners and allies to provide access to the vaccine," the official continued.
"We will be making highly effective COVID-19 vaccines available to the American people very soon," added a second Trump administration official. A Covid vaccine is "critical to ensuring the health and safety of our citizens, the viability of the economy and security." our nation. "
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The order will also instruct Alex Azar, Secretary of State for Health and Human Services, to ensure that the vaccine is distributed to Americans at "previously unseen" speeds.
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Pfizer and Moderna executives refuse to attend the summit
The announcement will be made at a celebratory “vaccine summit” in the White House. Pfizer and Moderna CEOs, the two vaccine makers likely to get approval for a Covid vaccine first, will not be attending the summit for reasons unknown.
Both Pfizer and Moderna, the two major drug companies expected to receive emergency approval for a Covid-19 vaccine in the coming weeks, have declined invitations from President Trump to attend a "vaccine summit" at the White House on Tuesday / zpC6s9Y4bL
– Shimon Prokupecz (@ShimonPro) December 7, 2020
Both companies benefited significantly from the Trump administration's Operation Warp Speed, which funded the development of a COVID-19 vaccine, with Moderna taking direct money.
Kathrin Jensen, a Pfizer executive, tried to distance her organization from OWS in November, claiming the company "never took money from the US government," despite an order for $ 1.95 billion that guaranteed them a massive market for their vaccine.