President Donald Trump has hailed the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine as “a medical miracle” after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the emergency use of it for CCP Virus (coronavirus) treatment. He said shipping has already begun and the vaccine will be free of charge for all Americans.
“I have really good news. Today our nation has archived a medical miracle,” President Trump said in a video tweeted late on Friday, Dec. 11.
“We have delivered a safe and effective vaccine in just nine months. This is one of the greatest scientific accomplishments in history. It will save millions of lives and soon end the pandemic once and for all. I am thrilled to report that the FDA has authorized the Pfizer vaccine,” he said.
The president said that, through Operation Warp Speed, his administration provided a total of $14 billion to accelerate vaccine development, including a nearly $2 billion investment in Pfizer to produce 100 million doses of their vaccine, with an option to produce 500 million additional doses.
“I’m proud to say that we have made sure that this vaccine will be free for all Americans,” the president said.
President Trump sent his thanks to “all of the brilliant scientists, technicians, doctors, and workers” who made the vaccine that “has now passed the gold standard of safety,” with 95% effective and no serious side effects.
He announced that the administration, through the partnership with Fedex and UPS, has “already begun shipping the vaccine to every state and zip code in the country.”
“The first vaccine will be administered in less than 24 hours,” he said, adding that the states’ governors will decide where the vaccines go in their state and who will get them first.
“This will quickly and dramatically reduce deaths and hospitalizations,” he said, referring to the pandemic that has killed nearly 300,000 people in the United States.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 12, 2020
While trumpeting the vaccine achievement, President Trump once again blamed the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) for the pandemic.
“When the China Virus invaded our shores, I promised that we would produce a vaccine in record time before the end of the year. They said it couldn’t be done. But with today’s announcement, we have now achieved that goal,” he said, stating that the United States is the first nation in the world to produce a verifiably safe and effective vaccine.
“As I’ve said from the beginning, a vaccine will vanquish the virus and return life back to normal,” he said. “The pandemic may have begun in China, but we are ending it, right here in America.”
The president again expressed his gratitude to “every person who has worked round the clock on this monumental national project to save lives.”