***CORRECTION: Pfizer Now Says It Was A Part Of Warp Speed. Spokesperson Notes Its Purchase Agreement With US Government. ***Pence Breaks His Silence And Tries To Take Credit For Pfizer Vaccine; Drug Company Quickly Responds To Clarify

Wrong again, Mike.

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Update: Apparently, there’s more to this story with Pfizer now saying the drug company is a participant in Operation Warp Speed. It’s confusing since they told the New York Times earlier that they were not part of Warp Speed. So, for clarity, CNN fact-checker Daniel Dale tweeted the following:

Of all the lies from the Trump administration, the worst ones were about the COVID-19 pandemic that has taken over two hundred and thirty-eight thousand American lives. President-elect Joe Biden — who won the popular and electoral vote — sprang into action and has already named members of a new coronavirus task force.

Incredibly, vice president Mike Pence — who hasn’t been seen for days — unleashed a tweet to claim that Pfizer worked with the Trump administration. The pharma company produced a vaccine for the coronavirus that is 90% effective, but Pfizer was not working with Operation Warp Speed. The ease with which the Trump administration lies is stunning.

Dr. Kathrin Jansen, Pfizer’s head of vaccine development, told the New York Times: “We were never part of the Warp Speed … We have never taken any money from the U.S. government, or from anyone.”

The Twitterverse called Pence out:

Pence and Trump will take credit for anything at this point to cling onto power, but the people have spoken. It’s time to pack your shit and go, Mike. Pence is supposed to be the head of the coronavirus task force, so he, too, failed to keep this country safe.

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