The Trump government has invited leading vaccine manufacturers, drug distributors, and government officials to a”Covid-19 Vaccine Summit” next week, only two weeks before a Food and Drug Administration advisory committee meeting to take into account the first U.S. program to get a Covid-19 disease.
Business officials familiar with programs for the summit interpreted it as an opportunity for the White House to pressure the FDA to immediately issue emergency authorizations for the initial two vaccines candidates to be assessed — one developed by the partnership of Pfizer and BioNTech along with the other developed by Moderna — as well as to ensure Trump receives credit for the breakneck pace of vaccine development to occur under his view.
In a statement, White House spokesman Brian Morgenstern said the president”looks forward to convening leaders in the national government, state governments, private sector, military, and scientific community to get a in depth discussion with the American public as the administration prepares to provide this historic, life-saving vaccine to each zip code in the USA within 24 hours of an FDA approval.”
Invitees, in accordance with three wellness industry statistics comfortable with the event, comprise not only Pfizer and Moderna but drug suppliers, pharmacies, and logistics firms including McKesson, Walgreens, CVS, UPS, and FedEx. The event will also feature panel discussions between private-sector CEOs to discuss the vaccine development process.
Some executives are annoyed at pressure from the White House to attend an event they understand to be largely political, according to representatives from a number of the companies invited, who like others spoke on condition of anonymity to talk candidly.
The event will come about six weeks before Trump is set to leave the White House. Upon taking office on Jan. 20, President-elect Biden will likely be tasked with overseeing a mass distribution campaign for vaccines developed throughout the Trump administration.
Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, Trump has repeatedly cited Operation Warp Rate , the federal vaccine initiative, as his government’s crowning pandemic accomplishment. Recently, he’s suggested that the FDA is a part of a”deep state” plot which Pfizer, the company that will probably be first to administer and distribute its own vaccine, intentionally delayed release of clinical trial data to harm his reelection chances.
Trump has called for the FDA to move faster and imputed his government’s attempts with the record timetable for vaccines. “I came up with pathogens which people did not think we would have for five decades,” Trump said Sunday at a Fox News interview.