August 28, 2022

Democrats Pushed to Delay Vaccine Before 2022 Election?

  • Horse Race

By Ophelia Garrett

In Brief: 

Data analyst Nate Silver claimed that “liberal public health elites” pressured Pfizer to delay fast-track approval of its COVID-19 vaccine until after the 2020 presidential election — thus denying then-President Donald Trump a political win before voters headed to the polls, according to the New York Post.

The Background: 

Since the 2020 elections, accusations have flown on the legitimacy of the results as well as the means used to secure the election for Biden.

Trump has accused Pfizer of delaying its release of the C-19 vaccine in order to benefit the Biden side. Pfizer has adamantly denied these accusations. But according to research by data analyst Nate Silver, Trump might not be too far from the truth. 

Silver noted that Pfizer’s decision “had the convenient side-effect of delaying any vaccine announcement until after the election”  that the story “deserves more scrutiny.”

said most public health officials “tend to be strong [Democratic] partisans” and that their push for Pfizer to take its time in announcing a vaccine “may have been politically motivated in whole or in part.”

“It’s a story that deserves more reporting and I’ve done some poking around myself,” Silver tweeted.

The Politico story that Silver linked to quotes multiple public health experts who criticized Pfizer for its speed in seeking FDA authorization of its vaccine.

The pharmaceutical giant was under intense pressure by the Trump administration to announce the success of its vaccine at clinical trials before Nov. 3, 2020.

Yet just six days after the election, Pfizer announced that its COVID vaccine was 90% effective.

Trump lashed out at Pfizer, accusing the firm of playing “corrupt games” by timing the announcement of its approval to harm his re-election.

The company has denied delaying the results for political reasons.

Silver’s tweet suggesting that Trump’s suspicions of Pfizer could be justified. Raising eyebrows for a few of his more than 3.5 million Twitter followers.

Trump has said that “Operation Warp Speed,” the government initiative to develop the COVID vaccines, saved some 100 million American lives.

Notable Quotes: 

“Also, the late 2020 push from liberal public health elites that persuaded Pfizer to *change* its original protocols - and had the convenient side-effect of delaying any vaccine announcement until after the election - deserves more scrutiny.” – Nate Silver via Twitter.

What do you think?