President Trump told Fox News medical contributor Marc Siegel on Wednesday that he was in an impossible situation as to whether he should be the first to take a coronavirus vaccine.
“Well you know how it works. If I’m the first one, they’ll say ‘he’s so selfish. He wanted to get vaccinated first, ”Trump told Siegel. “Then other people would say ‘hey, this is a very brave thing to do.'”
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“I absolutely would, if they wanted it and thought it was right, I would take it first or take it last.
Trump’s dilemma comes on the same day that pharmaceutical company Pfizer and biotech company BioNTech said the U.S. government placed an order of $ 1.95 billion for 100 million cases of their COVID-19 vaccine. An additional 500 million cases can be acquired by the Department of Health and Human Services if the vaccine is found to be safe and effective.
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The two companies are jointly developing four potential vaccines, one of which will begin the first of three phases of trial trials later this month on 30,000 participants.
“Expanding Operation Warp Speed’s diverse portfolio by adding a vaccine from Pfizer and BioNTech increases the chances that we will have a safe and effective vaccine by the end of this year,” the Secretary of Health said Wednesday. and Alex Azar Social Services.
“Based on the success of clinical trials, today’s agreement will deliver approximately 100 million doses of this vaccine to the American people.”
Trump apparently feels pressure to show his support for the vaccination.
“You know if I take it first, I lose on that one anyway.” If I don’t take it, they’ll say ‘he doesn’t believe in the program,’ Trump told Siegel on Wednesday.
Dr Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and a senior member of the National Coronavirus Task Force, said on Wednesday that the United States was acting as quickly as possible to find a safe and effective vaccine.
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“If you want to do it right, with safety and real attention to safety and efficiency, I think we’re going as fast as possible,” Fauci said at a TB Alliance forum on Wednesday. .
Fauci and Trump have at times been at odds during the coronavirus pandemic, and he, along with task force coordinator Dr Deborah Birx, had been absent from Trump’s first coronavirus briefing for months on Tuesday.
Trump told reporters that Birx, who has an office in the West Wing, was right outside the door, although he did not mention Fauci’s location.
Fauci, the country’s leading infectious disease specialist, told CBS he was never made aware of the briefing.
“Dr. Birx is one of your great advisers who doesn’t get enough attention, ”Siegel told Trump on Wednesday.
Trump was quick to defend the doctor who received a beating from the New York Times earlier this week who called her “chief evangelist” and said she had repeatedly cut back on realistic efforts to Fauci by offering “ostensibly” assurance to the president.
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“She is responsible for all the incredible work that has taken place on AIDS in Africa,” Trump told Siegel. “Millions of people are alive right now because of her. She is an incredible woman.