President Donald Trump at a conference this week on “Operation Warp Speed.”
Photo: Oliver Contreras / EFE
Outgoing President Donald Trump said the FDA slow as a tortoise in approving and distributing the Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine and called on the entity not to play anymore and start saving lives.
The Republican interrupted this Friday the chain of tweets on his official account dedicated to the issue of alleged electoral fraud that he has failed to prove, to attack the Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Commissioner Stephen Hahn for the supposed delay in the distribution process.
“While I injected money, the very bureaucratic FDA saved five years in approving MANY new vaccines, it is still a big old slow turtle. Get the damn vaccines out NOW, Dr. Stephen Hahn. Stop playing and start saving lives ”, demanded the president.
While my pushing the money drenched but heavily bureaucratic @US_FDA saved five years in the approval of NUMEROUS great new vaccines, it is still a big, old, slow turtle. Get the dam vaccines out NOW, Dr. Hahn @SteveFDA. Stop playing games and start saving lives!!!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 11, 2020
This Friday, the FDA announced that it will approve the emergency use of the vaccine developed by Pfizer y BioTech, after yesterday an advisory panel recommended its use.
“Following the positive outcome of yesterday’s advisory committee meeting regarding the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, the US Food and Drug Administration reported that it will work quickly to finalize and issue an emergency use authorization. The agency has also notified the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the “Operation Faster than Light” (Operation Warp Speed), so that they can execute their plans for the timely distribution of the vaccine, ”Hahn said in a statement.
“The FDA, an agency of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, protects public health by ensuring the safety, efficacy, and protection of drugs, vaccines, and other biological products for human and veterinary use, as well as medical devices. The agency is also responsible for the security of the supply of food, cosmetics, dietary supplements, products that emit electronic radiation and the regulation of our nation’s tobacco products, ”added the commissioner of this agency.
According to General Gustavo Perna, in charge of “Operation Warp Speed” (Faster than light), an initiative of the Trump Administration, government authorities are ready to distribute 3 million doses of Pfizer’s vaccine against coronavirus in a first phase.
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