Pfizer, Moderna, skip White House vaccine summit

Pfizer and Moderna, the two pharmaceutical companies closest to gaining U.S. clearance for a Covid-19 vaccine, won’t attend a White House summit intended to build confidence in the shots.

With the Food and Drug Administration expected to decide on whether to allow the companies’ vaccines to be distributed in the coming days, there was worry that regulators and executives shouldn’t be seen rubbing elbows at the Tuesday meeting.

…The focus of the gathering shifted after Peter Marks, the head of the FDA center that reviews vaccines, volunteered to make a presentation…Since it would be would inappropriate to have vaccine company executives touting their shots while in the same room with their regulator, a decision was made not to include any drugmakers in the meeting, the official said on a call with reporters on Monday.

Predictably, Trump’s setup their “summit” to try to make it appear they had done something right in the fight against COVID-19. And fumbled the ball.

RTFA, though. Pfizer had already notified organizers they wouldn’t be attending. Something similar from Moderna. Both of these firms should be making announcements over the next week or two.

Transparency note: I own shares in Moderna in my retirement investment account.

3 thoughts on “Pfizer, Moderna, skip White House vaccine summit

  1. Who's on First? says:

    “The chief scientist of the Trump administration’s Operation Warp Speed was unable to explain President Donald Trump’s latest executive order Tuesday, which aims to prioritize shipment of the coronavirus vaccine to Americans over other countries.
    Moncef Slaoui, who Trump tapped in May to head up the administration’s efforts to hasten vaccine development, appeared puzzled when asked to clarify the president’s order during an interview on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”
    “Frankly, I don’t know, and frankly, I’m staying out of this. I can’t comment,” Slaoui said. “I literally don’t know.”
    “You don’t know?” asked anchor George Stephanopoulos.
    “Yes,” Slaoui said.
    “But you’re the chief science adviser for Operation Warp Speed,” Stephanopoulos pressed.
    “Our work is, you know, rolling,” Slaoui replied. “We have plans. We feel that we can deliver the vaccines as needed. So I don’t know exactly what this order is about.”
    Slaoui’s remarks also come amid fallout from a New York Times story published Monday, which reports that administration officials turned down an offer from Pfizer to purchase additional vaccines in July.
    Now, Pfizer may be unable to supply the U.S. with sufficient vaccines before next June because of subsequent deals with other countries, the Times reported.” https://www.politico.com/news/2020/12/08/operation-warp-speed-trumps-vaccine-order-443574
    “Trump officials deny turning down additional doses of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine” https://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/529131-trump-officials-deny-turning-down-additional-doses-of-pfizer-covid-vaccine
    (NYT 12/7/20): “Trump administration officials passed when Pfizer offered months ago to sell the U.S. more vaccine doses.” https://www.nytimes.com/2020/12/07/us/trump-covid-vaccine-pfizer.html

  2. Blivit says:

    “Pfizer has told the Trump administration that it might not be able to supply more vaccine shots to America until late June or even July, The Washington Post reports. The drug maker has reportedly told the U.S. that other countries have already snapped up most of its supply, leaving no more to be sent to the United States. The supply issues could set back the Trump administration’s ambitions to vaccinate most Americans by late spring or early summer. It follows a New York Times report that said Trump administration officials turned down an offer from Pfizer to sell extra doses of the vaccine to the U.S. last summer.” https://www.thedailybeast.com/trump-admin-rejected-pfizers-offer-to-sell-more-covid-19-vaccines-nyt-says
    (Washington Post): “Pfizer tells U.S. officials it cannot supply substantial additional vaccine until late June or July : Trump administration officials deny there will be availability issues, but others say problems are possible in the second quarter.” https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/2020/12/07/pfizer-vaccine-doses-trump/
    (New York Times): “Trump Administration Passed on Chance to Secure More of Pfizer Vaccine :
    The pharmaceutical company offered the government a chance to lock in additional supplies before its vaccine was proved effective in clinical trials.” https://www.nytimes.com/2020/12/07/us/politics/trump-pfizer-coronavirus-vaccine.html
    See also https://www.cnn.com/2020/12/07/politics/operation-warp-speed-vaccine-distribution-executive-order/index.html
    FYI: “A shitshow is a description of an event or situation that takes an unexpected turn and is thrown into chaos. It’s another word for a spectacle or a complete mess. Shitshow can also be used to describe a person.” https://www.dictionary.com/e/slang/shitshow/

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