Pfizer offered to sell more vaccines last summer. Trump turned it down.

Mr. “Negotiator” has now put us in line behind the rest of the world on the Pfizer drug after the initial contracted doses for about 50 million Americans. Of course there are other manufacturers, but Pfizer is out the door already. UK is starting to inoculate tomorrow with the same drug.

6 thoughts on “Pfizer offered to sell more vaccines last summer. Trump turned it down.

  1. It occurred to me that the bulk of the posts, excepting one about healthcare, are about Trump trying to steal the election.

    That is what he is concentrating on to the exclusion of everything else. That ,and pardons for his friends, family and himself.

    But as we write, this COVID is literally devastating us with staggering numbers. and, as far as I know, the Biden camp has been denied DOD access to vaccine distribution data.

    And even more crushing to healthcare workers is the attitude from the White House. Trump retweeted an image of a doctor standing in the parking garage for a large Reno hospital. It had been converted to an overflow unit for COVID and hadn’t quite opened so the beds were empty.

    The tweet called the pandemic a hoax and this was proof.

    The doctor and his teams were devastated. Partly because they had just buried 5 more patients in 24 hours.

    So today, with an abundance of caution, they let in a camera crew to show the facility and the patients as proof that the presidents retweet was just plain horrible, demoralizing and heartless.

    Can anybody slap this punk upside the head and tell him to act like a president in a country with a major pandemic that is killing Americans and destroying our economy?

    Worst of all are the spineless Republicans who are wetting their shorts in fear of tell the emperor to put his suit back on and get to work. And to make the transition work in the best interests of Americans.

    Unfortunately, we are led by an amoral and ignorant man. And that brings us back full circle to the vaccine debacle.

    I guess I should say IMHO, but I feel confident this is the opinion and concern of most Americans.

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  2. At the time, Pfizer was one of 8 competitors at similar stages of development. Was Operation Warp Speed supposed to put all it’s eggs in that basket when at the time it appeared Moderna or Johnson & Johnson would be available first?

    Again, 20/20 hindsight is pretty sharp.

    The existing contract is for 100 million doses, enough for 1/6 of the country,(2 does per person) including children for whom none of the vaccines are near approval. It was a very prudent decision based on what was known at the time.

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    1. There are over 330 million people in this country. In order to achieve immunity we need over 75% of us to be vaccinated. Why cap the number ordered when they were offered?

      That isn’t 20/20 hindsight; it is lack of foresight.

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      1. Again, Pfizer was not in the lead at the time. The plan was always to expect at least 4 of the 8 to reach the marketplace.

        Should we have ordered enough for everyone from each of the candidates and thrown away the excess?

        In any case, the vaccines are all being tested for use on those over 18 at this time, so the total need is for 209 million, not 330million, so the Pfizer order for 100 million doses is enough for 1/4 of the eligible population, with similar orders coming from at least 3 others by next summer. The Pfizer and Moderna orders alone will cover everyone at serious risk.

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        1. BTW, the initial contract was for 100 million doses(50 million people) with an option for up to 500 million more(250million people)

          Pfizer is trying to renegotiate the option in the newspaper. Trump has promised to use the Defense Production Act to compel them to meet their obligation if necessary, though he expects them to honor their commitment voluntarily(probably at a price)

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          1. The option is nice, but depending upon how it was written, the additional doses will come after other primary contractual obligations are met. Like with UK.

            Actually, we may never see the contracts, even though public money is paying for them.

            OWS hired an intermediary to contract the deals with 6 drug makers. That might be the most expedient way, but it also keeps the contracts in the dark.

            We know the costs of military gear and who gets what from the treasury, barring super secret weapons and operations. We don’t know the deals of a vaccine. But until later, this will have to do.

            Funny, if it turns out that we overpaid hugely and courts determine harm caused, can we get the vaccine back from those injected?

            Sounds like the Texas suit with a twist.

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