President Trump to issue COVID-19 vaccine executive order prioritizing Americans

President Trump is set to sign an executive order Tuesday that will ensure all Americans have access to the COVID-19 vaccine before the U.S. government begins aiding nations around the world.

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Brooke Singman reports for Fox News:

Senior administration officials told Fox News Monday that the president will reemphasize to the American people that the “priority has been an America First approach,” during a vaccine summit at the White House Tuesday.

The news of the executive order comes just days ahead of the Food and Drug Administration’s Thursday meeting regarding Pfizer and BioNTech’s application for emergency authorization of their coronavirus vaccine, three weeks after the companies filed for it. The FDA also plans to meet on Dec. 17 to discuss Moderna’s vaccine. A source close to the White House Coronavirus Task Force told Fox News last week that the Pfizer-BioNTech authorization could come as early as Friday…

“The priority is to make sure we distribute these vaccines to Americans before we start shipping them around the world to get international access,” an official told Fox News, predicting that international assistance could come “late spring, early summer,” and after they “achieve vaccinating those who have a desire to be vaccinated.” The official said that the executive order is “clear and is directing that we prioritize access to the American people before working with partners and allies to provide access to the vaccine.”

“We will very soon have highly effective COVID-19 vaccines to the American people,” another official told Fox News, adding that the vaccines are “critical to ensuring the health and safety of our citizens, viability of the economy and the security of our nation.”

The order will direct the secretary of Health and Human Services to prioritize distribution of the vaccines to Americans, at speeds “unseen before.”

The order will also be accompanied by a framework for international access to COVID-19 vaccines, which will provide guidelines for how USAID, HHS, the Export-Import Bank, and the U.S. International Development Finance Corp interacts with foreign countries to bring an end to the coronavirus pandemic.

For countries that are not as financial well-off, the senior administration official said that they will “leverage resources to help them to procure the vaccine” and garner “ancillary supplies necessary to administer and track.” The order will also call for work with organizations focused on donation of resources, so that the U.S. government can be sure to aid in low-income countries — specifically Gavi, the vaccine alliance, which will work with USAID to support “92 low to low-middle income countries.”

Meanwhile, the officials said that Operation Warp Speed, the public-private partnership President Trump created earlier this year in an effort to create vaccines against the novel coronavirus, is working with six vaccine candidates — two of which have already filed for FDA emergency use authorization.

MacDailyNews Take: Again, we’re very hopeful that the various COVID-19 vaccines will arrive on a widespread basis even more quickly than many thought possible earlier this year as the U.S.’s Operation Warp Speed accelerates the development and, importantly, the manufacture of millions of doses by funding steps to proceed simultaneously versus the usual, significantly slower sequential process.

Obviously, the quicker we can get to a post-COVID-19 world, the better it is for everyone, including Apple, which has done very well during the pandemic, but stands to do even better once the company’s 500+ retail stores, more than half of which are in the U.S, are once again open for business as usual!

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  1. As it should be.

    President Donald J. Trump officially announced Operation Warp Speed, financed by American taxpayers, on May 15, 2020.

    Operation Warp Speed, promotes mass production of multiple vaccines, and different types of vaccine technologies, based on preliminary evidence, allowing for faster distribution if clinical trials confirm one of the vaccines is safe and effective. The plan anticipates that some of these vaccines will not prove safe or effective, making the program more costly than typical vaccine development, but potentially leading to the availability of a viable vaccine several months earlier than typical timelines.

    The program was initially funded with $10 billion of American taxpayers’ money and increased to about $18 billion of American taxpayers’ money by October 2020.


    From this day forward, a new vision will govern our land.

    From this moment on, it’s going to be America First.

    Every decision on trade, on taxes, on immigration, on foreign affairs, will be made to benefit American workers and American families.

    — President Trump, Inaugural Address, January 20, 2017

    1. Nationalism is a two-edged sword. The developer of the “Pfizer” vaccine is actually BioNTech, which is German. The “AstraZeneca” vaccine is being developed in the UK at Oxford.

      So, of the first three vaccines to complete trials, only Moderna’s was mostly developed in the US, with much of the work actually done by the National Institute for Allergies and Infectious Disease (headed by Fauci). That work was initially funded by the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations, which is based in Norway.

      All the vaccines are based on DNA sequencing done in China before the virus reached America, and all three of the first vaccines were under development well before anybody in the US Government outside the NIH was taking the virus seriously.

      So, Trump wants America to hog resources that we owe to other countries that did not share his selfishness.

      1. Oh, and before “One Note GeoB” asks his perpetual question:

        No, I am not going to thank Donald Trump for doing what every other President in American history would have done months earlier.

        1. “No, I am not going to thank Donald Trump for doing what every other President in American history would have done months earlier.”

          NO!!! Absolutely no other president could do what the masterful businessman and economy turnaround specialist accomplished with “Operation Warp Speed” damnit!

          You have not thanked PRESIDENT Donald Trump for anything, EVER! You don’t have the decent respect to call him president and continually LIE about being a “conservative Republican” in Texas that only compounds your DECEIT. Only Libtards like you can sleep well at night absent a conscience that remotely resembles right and wrong. Further, partisan liars like you are incapable of fair play and giving credit where credit is DUE.

          Clueless and feckless Obama without an economic “magic wand” and 47-year swamp creature Biden with his hand out becoming a millionaire on a Senator salary. Not surprised you have no problem with either one.

          Your condescending HATE for the president drives every post denigrating the greatest people’s president since Reagan and JFK. You can’t wish away or deny President Trump’s remarkable and historic achievements getting elected against all odds and the greatest economic turnaround in my lifetime and possibly ALL TIME.

          So f*ck off TxUseless…🖕🏼

          1. For all we know Trump lost in 2016 and the dominion machines flipped votes for him like you claim they did for President Elect Joe Biden, but things are only fraud when your preferred party loses, never when they win.

            1. @ Trevor:

              “Only the Libtards and RINOs cheat.”

              Did you mean to say that only the cheaters voting for Trump have been caught?

              “Pennsylvania lt. gov. reports case of alleged voter fraud, seeks $1 million reward offered by Texas official”

              https://ktla.com/news/nationworld/pennsylvania-lt-gov-reports-case-of-alleged-voter-fraud-seeks-1-million-reward-from-texas-official/

              “Charges filed in father-son voter fraud case in Chester County”

              https://www.dailylocal.com/news/charges-filed-in-father-son-voter-fraud-case-in-chester-county/article_19d8db38-250b-11eb-bded-5765af29bc08.html

            2. “Doesn’t work that way. Only the Libtards and RINOs cheat.”
              THIS alone is the biggest problem with today’s ConSnowflakes. If they’re getting cheated, if they’re getting swindled, if they’re being taken advantage of to the detriment of our nation, they will check to see if there’s an (R) attached and ignore it. A Libtard President will be better than what we have now because Libtards have this way of EVEN turning on their own if they suspect something illicit. Say Benghazi and Emails a few times and see how quickly they wilt. If he does anything out of line, he’ll be called out on it by both sides. If he does anything impeachable, he’ll be impeached with support by most of the Libtards.

              We’ve seen what happens when ConSnowflakes are in the same position.

          2. Actually, I’m not sure that Mr Trump has presided over the greatest economic turnaround in American history. President Hoover might have had a slightly higher percentage of previously employed Americans who lost their jobs before the end of his term. I agree that this IS the greatest turnaround in my lifetime.

          3. So I don’t understand how people like you can get so angry as they spout nothing but lies in an attempt to justify that anger. I guess the fact that you have to result to lies to defend your bias is what makes you angry.

            The fact is Trump inherited a booming economy from Obama who had built it up after inheriting a mess from Bush. Then because Trump can never be wrong in his own mind he wilfully ignored doing anything about COVID because jumping into action would contradict his earlier positions.

            Then he spends most of the year talking about how mail in ballots will be a disaster, even though they’ve been been in the past, and encouraged his voters to vote in person so that on election night it would look like a red wave had swept across the country and then he could fight in court as the mail in ballots were counted saying that it was all rigged against him.

            What a right-wing sheep you are. He’s a loser and so are his followers.

      2. Adding to that Pfizer took no part in participating nor receiving funds from Operation Warpspeed and both Pfizer and Moderna’s vaccines are actually produced outside the U.S., this executive order barely has any enforcement teeth and may just be hot air on Trump’s part.

        Before anyone worries about ‘encouraging’ Pfizer to send more vaccines (additional 500M), the current administration has to get around to securing the first 100 million doses.

        1. You lie.

          Pfizer has been working with U.S. officials in Operation Warp Speed (OWS) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to help ensure that after potential authorization or approval, the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine can reach those in most need as quickly and equitably as possible. The company believes this ongoing coordination is critical to help ensure an efficient vaccine distribution as soon as possible after the vaccine receives regulatory authorization or approval, if received.

          In July, Pfizer and BioNTech announced the execution of an agreement with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Defense to meet the U.S. government’s OWS program goal to begin delivering 300 million doses of a vaccine for COVID-19 in 2021. Under the agreement, the U.S. government will first receive 100 million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine after Pfizer successfully manufactures and obtains approval or emergency use authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

          Source: Pfizer Inc., November 16, 2020

          1. Don’t confuse them with facts. What happens if the nations where the production facilities are located decide that “turn about is fair play” and decide to supply America only after friendlier nations are safe? It would be easier for them to quarantine themselves from the US than from the rest of the world. To repeat, nationalism is a two-edged sword.

          2. Meanwhile we are getting our Pfizer supplied jabs starting today and will continue to get them as supplied from the European plant no matter what America First delusion Trump wishes to foist upon a gullible fan base. After all much of the development costs actually came from European sources as is also the case with third of the three candidates the Astra Zeneca vaccine which may well become the most widely available of the first three vaccines because of production and supply advantages. But of course this doesn’t as usual fit the required message of national superiority.

        2. Make Germany Great Again.

          Has an interesting ring to it, wouldn’t you say?

          Or how about Make Russia Great Again?
          Make China Great Again?

          What the US should have done first was to have an Operation Warp Speed for testing.
          At this point—after ten months of pandemic—anyone should be able to access an at home test without a prescription, yet it is still almost impossible to do so. The USA should have cheap, easy, widespread rapid COVID testing available. But we don’t. Unless you’re Nick Saban. Football players can get tested, easily, quickly. Nurses can’t.

          https://www.beckershospitalreview.com/nursing/athletes-rapid-covid-19-testing-is-a-luxury-most-nurses-lack.html

          Utterly ridiculous.

      3. Well, the US gov’t used taxpayer money to pay Moderna $2.5B to do the research at warp speed, so I think we should get the doses first. The others, Pfizer and Astra can do as they see fit.

      4. Exactly the way he had US workers pirating PPE supplies in the spring. I might be incorrect, but I thought that Moderna didn’t receive US funding; I think I’ve heard that it’s research funds cane from private donations from citizens like Dolly Parton with hundreds of millions of dollars.

          1. You’re correct … however it does mean that there’s at least 1 of the main companies that can ignore him. And I understand that Canada will start receiving doses on Monday and will receive 100,000,000 doses total by yearend. So given the number of countries that made deals before Trump did, I have to wonder just how effective his policy actually will be? I’m interested to see how many totally new lies he’ll toss out by Jan 20th.

      5. “So, Trump wants America to hog resources that we owe to other countries that did not share his selfishness.”

        Pissing on President Trump’s accomplishments and great legacy once again, TxDenial. Not ONCE gave credit to the president for all his remarkable accomplishments.

        I call partisan POS “one note” TxLiar…

    2. U.S. Breaks Record for Most Deaths in a Week

      Trump officials passed when Pfizer offered to sell more vaccine doses months ago. Britain is readying a mass vaccination drive.

      Trump administration officials passed when Pfizer offered in late summer to sell the U.S. government additional doses of its Covid-19 vaccine, according to people familiar with the matter. Now Pfizer may not be able provide more of its vaccine to the United States until next June because of its commitments to other countries, they said.

      https://www.nytimes.com/live/2020/12/07/world/covid-19-coronavirus#trump-administration-officials-passed-when-pfizer-offered-in-late-summer-to-sell-the-us-more-vaccine-doses

      1. I thought that record was passed when Governor Cuomo directly ordered New York nursing homes to accept COVID-19 patients, resulting in thousands of deaths. Seems to me he should be in jail for involuntary manslaughter.

    3. Yes indeed!

      To all the partisan liars in politics and the media that scolded and snidely mocked President Trump’s MASTERFUL work on “Project Warp Speed” and said for months no way it could be done, including the partisan Dr. Faucci. Breaking News: the first vaccines were distributed this week and the second could be approved tomorrow Dec. 18.

      So all the POISON POSTS below are now reduced to clueless and meaningless partisan opinion, the hallmark of the Libtards and Democrats.

      Trump promised and followed through against all odds and no one can change that fact or spin it away.

      Time for a big slice of sh*t pie, I mean humble pie, but the arrogance and shameless lying of left has no bounds or conscience…

    1. Which part of the following didn’t you understand?

      “Obviously, the quicker we can get to a post-COVID-19 world, the better it is for everyone, including Apple, which has done very well during the pandemic, but stands to do even better once the company’s 500+ retail stores, more than half of which are in the U.S, are once again open for business as usual!” — MacDailyNews Take (above)

    1. Wanna bet? This is a President who unshackled the American economy allowing it to reach new heights. This is a President returned a sense of pride to the American people in the face of internal “hate America first” leftism. This is A President who actually earned 4 Nobel Peace Prize nominations for his novel approach to bring peace deals, particularly to the Middle East. This is a President that has been ending American involvement in foreign wars. This is a President who recognized the future of global ware fare and had the foresight to separate space warfare from the Air Force to a new branch of the military.

      This is a President who has re-negotiated several trade deals on behalf of the United States.This is a President who has been bringing jobs back to America that everyone including Steve Jobs said would never come back. This is a President who has done more to address the unique issues of black employment, commerce and entrepreneurship than any I can remember especially Barack Obama. This is a President who has successfully contained the CHINESE INFLICTED COVID-19 virus notwithstanding experts predicting that America would suffer millions of deaths.

      This is a President who has accomplished all of this in 4 years, spite of the fact that he has been attacked by the entrenched deep state political bloc and their media accomplices NON-STOP 24 HOURS PER DAY with lies, and outright fabrications of evidence. The guy even took time to sign an animal cruelty bill for God’s sake and all you dimwits on the left can do is echo the “orange man bad” mantra fed to you by CNN.

      This President, through his efforts to break the chain of loser repetition in Federal Government, has EXPOSED the unbelievable depth of corruption in the Democratic Party that even its own rank and file can no longer ignore.

      No, this President will not be seen as the worst. He will be remembered as an anomaly. A strong, prolific, friend of America, a man determined to make things better, even if it required stepping on the faces of the likes of Nancy Pelosi an AOC. He will be remembered as one of the greatest and a shining example of what happens when someone who knows how to get things done comes to the White House as opposed to another do nothing speech reader.

        1. As usual not one word of rebuttal on anything Theo posted. Instead all partisan insults and attacks because you have NOTHING. The typical Libtard way and you are too stupid to realize it…

      1. Well, since you were pedantic to others….

        We should note that two of Trump’s Nobel nominations were forged:

        https://factcheck.thedispatch.com/p/was-president-trumps-nobel-peace

        Likewise, if you’re going to claim that there were trade deals which were renegotiated to more favor the US, please name which ones these were. Because USMCA (aka “NAFTA-2”) wasn’t better than the TPP. Likewise, just what China treaties have actually been signed, sealed & delivered? FYI, if you want to claim the “Phase I” agreement, do be aware that China has fallen way short of what they promised for 2020: as of October, they were barely on track to be at HALF of what they promised.

        Regarding CoVid19, considering that we had a “9/11” yesterday … and the day before … and the day before … and the day before … your definition of being “contained” is quite an odd one. FYI, don’t use the ‘expert prediction’ of 2M deaths because its been misapplied: it was a hypothetical worst case that was predicated on no one reacting to take any precautions whatsoever, regardless of if they were directed by the Government to do so.

        What he will be remembered for is .. violating the emoluments clause. For using Keynes economic theory to good an already growing economy. For avoiding to use the DPA. For letting the States fend for themselves for PPE. For acts of sedition.

        Hopefully, he won’t be remembered for illegally overthrowing the Government of the USA…the jury is still out on that question for another two months.

  2. Pfizer gladly accepted $2 Bil. in Socialist aid from Capitalist Donald to fast track its vaccine, making Donald a situational Socialist thus nationalizing Pfizer. The people now own Pfizer which means reducing the CEO’s salary to that of Senator or Congressperson, for examples, and reappropriating its huge profits to the nation’s badly repaired infrastructure such as roads and bridges that Rightwingers and Leftwingers must use since there are no alternatives.

    To make this news item into Apple news, Apple must become part of the solution, perhaps through its several medical apps.

      1. Yes, I read that too from the mouth of its CEO Albert Bourla but I know how much CEOs dissemble and lie for PR purposes and to protect their bottom lines. However, according to this among several articles, “$2 billion vaccine deal with Pfizer raises pricing concerns …thehill.com.”

        Jul 23, 2020 — The Trump administration’s nearly $2 billion investment in Pfizer and a … Trump administration’s sprawling push to have a coronavirus vaccine …”
        https://apnews.com/article/784232fb2a8d35046c3b33143d0db207

        But I would trust the Russian Sputnik anti-Covid-19 solution over any money grubbing US Capitalistic and Trump slime, that is, if I were to take it which I will not. I will let others test it long term. Long term is the key concept because, so far, all tests are only short term. We don’t know what negative side effects might show up after months, in other climates, in other races, in the whole gamut of ages, psychological profiles, as well as in living conditions.

        So, in the end, why does Capitalism need Socialism?

        1. The very first sentence in the article you linked states the $2B was a payment for the initial 100M unit product purchase from Pfizer, though it spins it later to be “under development with U.S. funding.” and mentions immediately after the payment will be made on receipt of the order. If I was only paid later for a delivered product, I don’t think anyone could say that the payment had any part in helping fund development.

      2. Pfizer did not take federal funding for the research and development of its vaccine, but it is in fact participating in Operation Warp Speed as a supplier, company spokesperson Sharon Castillo told The Dispatch Fact Check in an email.

        “Pfizer is one of various vaccine manufacturers participating in Operation Warp Speed as a supplier,” Castillo said. “While Pfizer did reach an advanced purchase agreement with the U.S. government, the company did not accept BARDA funds for the research and development process. All the investment for R&D was made by Pfizer at risk.”

        So, while it’s true that Pfizer did not take federal money to accelerate research and development for this vaccine, the company did indeed benefit from Operation Warp Speed, according to James Capretta, resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute.

        “They did accept a $1.95 billion advance purchase agreement for 100 million doses (at $19.50 per dose) and that helped them take on the risk of developing this vaccine,” said Capretta. “There is no question that $1.95 billion from Operation Warp Speed in the form of an advance purchase helped them a lot.”

        Tomato, lying fuckers.

        1. “Investment” usually involves financial risk of loss on the part of the investor. The US and Pfizer agreeing to an advance purchase agreement where funds are transferred only if the product is delivered seems to fall rather short of being in Pfizer’s favor when also taking into account that even if the US was not a buyer there was no expectation of a shortage of demand. In that sense Pfizer ‘participating’ as a supplier did not need Warpspeed to exist which brings up the question, “Would any supplier of Covid-19 vaccines to the U.S. now be labeled as benefitting from Warpspeed regardless of funds invested by the U.S. in the vaccine R&D?”

  3. Phister offered, during the summer, to sell the US government more vaccine then originally contracted for, when it became available. The government turned the offer down. Now, commitments to other countries prevents the US from getting more vaccine from them for some time.
    That’s how much Trump’s administration cares.

    1. Because the Pfizer vaccine (BNT162) has to be shipped and kept at below minus-70 degrees Celsius.

      Moderna’s (mRNA-1273) keeps for a month at refrigerator temperatures.

      That’s why the Trump admin passed on buying more of Pfizer’s vaccine. The Trump admin wants Moderna’s vaccine instead.

    1. Again, what belongs on the site is exactly what the MacDailyNews staff places on the site.

      If you don’t think a COVID-19 vaccine affects Apple, you’re not too bright.

    1. I totally agree with you except I’m one of the old contributors and let me tell you this is what MDN does to increase interaction…and they’ve always done this. The difference nowadays is the tenor of the posters (it’s somewhere between the footpath and the gutter) and the star rating system which is the click part of click baiting.

      I don’t mean to be harsh but if you don’t like what’s going on then you have a choice:

      Avoid reading the contentious stories or,
      Go to another Mac site.

      Generally I avoid these pieces, skim my way through and then go to the real Mac stories not the obvious click bait material. And let’s be honest, any story that headlines’ President Trump will obviously lead to a lot insulting posts. Trump supporters denigrate the Democrats and vice a versa. (Sigh)

  4. Why should I take the vaccine when Trump’s Congress passed an indemnity law protecting vaccine manufacturers from being sued by injured parties?

    1. You should take the vaccine because you might die otherwise or suffer long-term health impairment. If that does not move you, you should take the vaccine because it will keep you from getting an asymptomatic case that could infect your loved ones and friends. Finally, you should take the vaccine because it is the only realistic way for America (and the world) to achieve herd immunity to protect even those who cannot be vaccinated for one reason or another.

  5. And the sooner herd immunity is achieved the soon the American tourist industry and that those that rely on that industry will be be able to recover and employ more Americans.

    In Australia we have closed borders and the government will NOT be allowing its citizens to travel to Europe and the US until the virus is under control.

    My real concern is how long the vaccine will be effective…we just don’t know the answer to that and that’s something we’ll have to deal with down the track.

      1. I would have to agree. We also should keep in mind that this may be one of the negatives encouraged by initiatives like Project Warpspeed and governments calling in company and regulatory reps to ask “What’s the delay?”

  6. ‘One term impeached President tries to sound magnanimous’

    MDN editors been sipping from the OANN Kool aid again. The only warp speed this President did was accelerate American deaths.

  7. in response to theloniousmac:

    Wanna bet? This is a President who unshackled the American economy allowing it to reach new heights. This is a President returned a sense of pride to the American people in the face of internal “hate America first” leftism. This is A President who actually earned 4 Nobel Peace Prize nominations for his novel approach […]

    I don’t understand what you’re trying to say. It may be your use of the words “… earned … nominations …”. This might make sense if earned means using bribes and extortion and coercion; perhaps you could clarify what you really mean!

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