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Trump grows increasingly angry with FDA, questions whether COVID vaccine makers are ‘Democrats’

With the distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine seemingly within days, President Donald Trump has reflected on what he perceives to be a lack of credit he is getting for this breakthrough.

The outgoing president recently denounced to several advisers and associates how vaccine makers may be working to deny him the chance to declare victory in the pandemic, according to three people familiar with his private grunts. An adviser told the Daily Beast that this month the president asked whether the executives of Pfizer, a major vaccine maker, were “Democrats.”

“It came out of nowhere and I didn’t really know how to react,” said this source.

When Pfizer announced its vaccine breakthrough last month, Trump had a tantrum after the company said it had not been directly involved in , the public-private partnership of administration for the development and distribution of COVID vaccines. The president, already sorry that no vaccine breakthrough was announced ahead of the election, told some aides and close allies to go on television and make public statements refuting Pfizer’s claims and alleging that the breakthrough was a feat that only Trump and his team could have. done, two of the sources said.

“It came out of nowhere and I didn’t really know how to react.

– Trump adviser on his suggestion that Pfizer could be run by Democrats

These moments of grief have highlighted several dynamics that have come to define the President’s management of the COVID crisis: a brewing resentment towards some of the main entities helping in the response to the pandemic and a constant need for personal affirmation.

That need came back to light on Friday when it was reported that White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows told Food and Administration chief Stephen Hahn that he should consider tweaking his resume if the Pfizer vaccine is not approved by the end of the day.

The warning was not the first Meadows had issued to Hahn. According to a pharmaceutical industry source, Meadows summoned the FDA chief to the White House earlier this month to demand answers on why the vaccination process was not moving faster. Meadows later denied to the Daily Beast that he had pushed for Hahn’s resignation at that meeting.

“Get a new source,” he said at the time.



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