Donald Trump has revealed for the first time that he had received the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine before leaving the White House.
“Well, I got Pfizer and I would have been very happy with any of them,” said the former president. Yahoo Finance Live.
Operation Warp Speed, established during the Trump administration, developed several vaccines from companies such as Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, and Pfizer. The program received funding of $18 billion, but Pfizer managed to develop its own vaccine without government funding.
Mr Trump contracted COVID-19 in the autumn of 2020 as the presidential campaign was at its peak.
“I had it, recovered very well from it. I don’t think I had it like the press, as the media said, you know, they would try to make it difficult,” he said. Not pleasant, but I had.”
Former First Lady Melania Trump was also vaccinated in January before leaving the White House, but Trump did not reveal her vaccination status to the public until March.
Ms Trump also contracted COVID-19 during last year’s election campaign.
After surpassing an estimated 675,000 deaths from the Spanish flu in 1918 and 1919, the US on Friday surpassed 700,000 Covid deaths, making it the deadliest pandemic in US history.
“I thought it would be gone long before now,” said Mr Trump Yahoo About Covid-19.
The Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have given the green light for booster shots of the COVID-19 vaccine for people over the age of 65.
Mr Trump said he would get a booster shot “if I felt it was necessary and let’s see where this whole thing is going”.
Despite Mr Trump developing the Operation Warp Speed vaccine in record time in office, many of his supporters are hesitant to get vaccinated, with some outright hostility to the idea.
At a rally in Cullman, Alabama, when Mr Trump said he should get the vaccine, some attendees booed.
“I absolutely believe in your freedom, I do, you have to do what you’ve got to do, but I recommend that you take the vaccines,” he told the crowd.
According to the CDC, non-vaccinated people accounted for 95 percent of all new COVID-19 cases between April and June and 92 percent of all deaths from the disease.
In June and July, 82 percent of all new cases, 86 percent of hospitalizations and 84 percent of deaths were unrelated.
President Joe Biden last month issued a new vaccine mandate for private businesses, saying his patience with those is still “wearing thin.”
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is working on how to implement new rules governing vaccines.
Mr Trump said Yahoo that he was against the mandate, and argued that Mr Biden had increased anti-vaccine sentiment.
“When I was president, everyone wanted to get the vaccine,” Trump claimed. “There was a rush to get it. You heard nothing about the mandate, you heard nothing about people not taking it.
“After I’m gone, people don’t want to take it… and I think it’s because they don’t trust Biden.”
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