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Mike Pence Slammed For Trying To Take Credit For Vaccine That Had Nothing To Do With Him

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On Monday, Pfizer, Inc. announced that early analysis of its coronavirus vaccine trial suggested the vaccine was robustly effective in preventing Covid-19, a promising development as the world has waited anxiously for any positive news about a pandemic that has killed more than 1.2 million people.

Pfizer, which developed the vaccine with the German drugmaker BioNTech, released only sparse details from its clinical trial, based on the first formal review of the data by an outside panel of experts.

The company said that the analysis found that the vaccine was more than 90 percent effective in preventing the disease among trial volunteers who had no evidence of prior coronavirus infection. If the results hold up, that level of protection would put it on par with highly effective childhood vaccines for diseases such as measles. No serious safety concerns have been observed, the company said.

The U.S. government was not involved in the development of Pfizer’s vaccine. Germany gave the drug company $445 million in an agreement in September to help accelerate the vaccine by building out manufacturing and development capacity in its home market.

But that fact didn’t stop Vice President Mike Pence from trying to take credit for it, saying on Twitter that support from the Trump administration’s Operation Warp Speed program helped accelerate the development of the vaccine.

Pence’s tweet prompted an avalanche of negative responses: