HHS Boss BUSTS Media’s LIE Trump Didn’t Buy Enough COVID Vaccine

The liberal media pounced on a Monday New York Times report that claimed the Trump administration didn’t purchase sufficient of the Pfizer COVID vaccine to guard each American. While the U.S. authorities did solely buy 100 million doses from Pfizer, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar busted their fearmongering with the actual fact the White House had bought 600 million doses over six totally different producers. But the printed community (ABC, CBS, and NBC) refused to take heed to purpose.

Azar did his lie busting throughout an interview with NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt. In the lead as much as the interview, Holt proclaimed that Azar had “played down concerns over potential vaccine shortages.”

I know in the Pfizer deal the government agreed to pay for 100 million doses and perhaps 500 million beyond that. To your knowledge has the government taken the option to buy more of what now appears to be a very successful vaccine,” Holt pressed.

It was in response to that nonsense that Azar dropped the reality on simply how a lot of vaccine the Trump administration had bought:

SECRETARY ALEX AZAR (HHS): So, Lester, you’re appropriate. Across the six totally different vaccine producers that we positioned contracts with, with every of them we assured the acquisition of 100 million doses of vaccine in order that we’d have 600 million doses of vaccine throughout a broad portfolio.

With Pfizer now we have an possibility to purchase a further 500 million extra. I’m not capable of reveal discussions round potential procurements as a result of that is what we name procurement delicate info. But we’re persevering with to work throughout producers to broaden the supply of releasable FDA authorized vaccine as shortly as doable.

 

 

While Holt continued to counsel that the U.S. couldn’t purchase extra from Pfizer, which wasn’t true based on Azar, he tried to counsel that prioritizing U.S. residents over the remainder of the world meant officers anticipated shortages. “No. We are prioritizing the manufacturer of vaccine here in America and the procurement of that vaccine for the benefit of Americans,” Azar shot again.

Meanwhile, on CBS Evening News, anchor Norah O’Donnell expanded The Times report from being simply in regards to the Pfizer vaccine to all COVID vaccine candidates. “Because there are some reports out there that the White House could have purchased more doses of vaccine but didn’t,” she lied as she teed up anti-Trump White House correspondent Paula Reid.

That is right, Norah,” Reid declared, reinforcing the lie. “The New York Times is reporting that over the summer Pfizer offered the Trump administration additional doses of the vaccine but the government declined. And now, reportedly, Pfizer cannot provide those to the U.S. because they’ve already been allocated to other countries.”

Interestingly, whereas the Trump administration was doubtless in talks with Pfizer over the summer time, CBS was busy bashing President Trump for stockpiling glass vials for the vaccine. They complained that Trump was holding them from the remainder of the world.

 

 

For ABC’s half, World News Tonight anchor David Muir described acknowledging these 600 million does as “downplaying” considerations. “The Trump administration responding tonight and this evening, a spokesperson for the Department of Health and Human Services downplaying the news, saying they have five other vaccine candidates. But this could bring real questions,” he scoffed.

Later ABC chief White House correspondent Jon Karl tried to terrify his viewers. Stating: “Tens of millions of Americans may have to wait longer — months longer — to receive a COVID vaccine, because, over the summer, the Trump administration passed on buying more doses from Pfizer.”

For months, the President has touted his efforts to deliver a vaccine,” he chided as if the President had failed. Karl then boasted in regards to the European Union shopping for 200 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine; solely later did he observe the administration invested in different vaccine candidates.

While the networks had been busy falsely suggesting Trump didn’t purchase sufficient vaccine to save lots of the nation from destruction and loss of life, all of them coated up Biden’s prime COVID advisor advocating for vaccines to be withheld from Americans and given to the world first.

The transcripts are under, click on “expand” to learn:

ABC’s World News Tonight
December 7, 2020
6:32:38 p.m. Eastern

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DAVID MUIR: And we’ll start right here with that headline late as we speak, that Pfizer supplied to promote extra doses of the Pfizer vaccine to the U.S. earlier this 12 months, however that the Trump administration mentioned no. And now The New York Times reporting that Pfizer could not have the ability to get the U.S. extra doses till subsequent June due to different international locations that did purchase in.

The Trump administration responding tonight and this night, a spokesperson for the division of Health and Human Services downplaying the information, saying they’ve 5 different vaccine candidates. But this might deliver actual questions.

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[Cuts to video]

JON KARL: Tens of thousands and thousands of Americans could have to attend longer — months longer — to obtain a COVID vaccine, as a result of over the summer time, the Trump administration handed on shopping for extra doses from Pfizer. For months, the President has touted his efforts to ship a vaccine.

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: Vaccines are on their method at a stage that no person ever thought doable.

KARL: But tonight, The New York Times stories, and ABC information has confirmed, that Pfizer supplied to promote the U.S. authorities extra doses of its COVID-19 vaccine late this summer time, however the Trump administration turned them down.

They determined to purchase solely 100 million doses from Pfizer, sufficient to vaccinate 50 million Americans, as a result of a full vaccine requires two pictures. By distinction, the European Union purchased 200 million doses from Pfizer, with an possibility to purchase extra. Pfizer could no longer have the ability to present the extra doses to the United States till June.

U.S. Officials concerned with Operation Warp velocity inform ABC information they did not wish to purchase extra vaccine from Pfizer till they had been certain it might be approved by the FDA. They additionally say that mixed with vaccines from Moderna and different firms, they may have sufficient vaccine to ensure that each American who desires to be vaccinated could be by the center of subsequent summer time.

CBS Evening News
December 7, 2020
6:30:42 p.m. Eastern [Opening Tease]

NORAH O’DONNELL: Plus, Great Britain prepares to manage the primary vaccine tomorrow. And did the U.S. authorities move up the chance this summer time to purchase extra doses of the Pfizer vaccine?

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6:44:37 p.m. Eastern

O’DONNELL: Paula, I wish to ask you in regards to the vaccine portion of this. Because there are some stories on the market that the White House might have bought extra doses of vaccine however did not. What do we all know?

PAULA REID: That is true, Norah. The New York Times is reporting that over the summer time Pfizer supplied the Trump administration extra doses of the vaccine however the authorities declined. And now, reportedly, Pfizer can not present these to the U.S. as a result of they’ve already been allotted to different international locations.

Now, the White House is pushing again on this report. Pfizer tells CBS News it can not touch upon confidential negotiations.

Tomorrow, President Trump is predicted to carry a summit to advertise the vaccine however Pfizer will not be anticipated to attend and neither is Moderna.

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NBC Nightly News
December 7, 2020
7:04:19 p.m. Eastern

LESTER HOLT: The Trump administration says it is able to set the wheels in movement for the largest mass vaccination program within the nation’s historical past as quickly as this week. In an interview with me late as we speak Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar performed down considerations over potential vaccine shortages, and he described the primary hours after the FDA approval of a vaccine.

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7:05:19 p.m. Eastern

HOLT: I do know within the Pfizer deal the federal government agreed to pay for 100 million doses and maybe 500 million past that. To your data has the federal government taken the choice to purchase extra of what now seems to be a really profitable vaccine?

SECRETARY ALEX AZAR (HHS): So, Lester, you’re appropriate. Across the six totally different vaccine producers that we positioned contracts with, with every of them we assured the acquisition of 100 million doses of vaccine in order that we’d have 600 million doses of vaccine throughout a broad portfolio.

With Pfizer now we have an possibility to purchase a further 500 million extra. I’m not capable of reveal discussions round potential procurements as a result of that is what we name procurement delicate info. But we’re persevering with to work throughout producers to broaden the supply of releasable FDA authorized vaccine as shortly as doable.

HOLT: So, you continue to have that possibility for the five hundred million or is that window closed?

AZAR: Oh, we do nonetheless have that, that possibility for a further 500 million doses.

[EDIT ALERT: Azar goes to say more but the video cut off before Holt asked another question]

HOLT: There’s phrase that the President goes to signal an government order tomorrow guaranteeing that Americans are prioritized earlier than any additional vaccine leaves the nation to assist different international locations. Is that an acknowledgment that you could be be going through a scarcity of vaccine?

AZAR: No. We are prioritizing the producer of vaccine right here in America and the procurement of that vaccine for the good thing about Americans. But we have additionally been clear that after the American individuals’s wants are met, we may have extra vaccine. We will make that out there to the remainder of the world.

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