'Wrong': Ivanka Trump Hits Back at Doctor's Claim About Pfizer's COVID Warp Speed Inclusion

After a doctor claimed that Pfizer did not participate in Operation Warp Speed, the Trump's administration's vaccine program, Ivanka Trump fired back over Twitter to argue otherwise.

"Wrong," Ivanka wrote. "Pfizer didn't take Fed $ for research but entered into an agreement w/ Trump Admin this JULY on logistics & to receive $1.95 Billion for +100 M doses of their vaccines, when approved, for the [American] people."

She shared a link to a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) press release from July 22, when the government agency announced an agreement with Pfizer "for large-scale production and nationwide delivery of 100 million doses of a COVID-19 vaccine in the United States following the vaccine's successful manufacture and approval."

In response to the tweet by Linda Girgis, the doctor behind the claim about Pfizer's involvement in Operation Warp Speed, Ivanka wrote: "Be happy. This is a great day for health!"


Pfizer didn’t take Fed $ for research but entered into an agreement w/ Trump Admin this JULY on logistics & to receive $1.95 Billion for +100 M doses of their vaccine, when approved, for the 🇺🇸 people ⬇️https://t.co/zrzd31XyT7

Be happy. This is a great day for health! https://t.co/dpxoiJuAF8

— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) November 9, 2020

Early Monday morning, Pfizer announced its coronavirus vaccine was 90 percent effective, based on early and incomplete test results.

Ivanka tweeted the news and thanked the "tireless work" of her father, President Donald Trump, in the coronavirus vaccine effort.

Others were quick to call out the Trump administration for taking credit for the vaccine, noting that Pfizer's head of vaccine research and development, Dr. Kathrin Jansen, had previously said the trial had "never taken any money from the U.S. government, or from anyone."

However, while Pfizer did not take any research money from the federal government, a Pfizer spokesperson clarified its relationship with Operation Wrap Speed.

"Pfizer is one of various vaccine manufacturers participating in Operation Warp Speed as a supplier of a potential COVID-19 vaccine. While Pfizer did reach an advanced purchase agreement with the U.S. government, the company did not accept BARDA funding for the research and development process," the company said in a statement. BARDA refers to the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, a division of HHS.

"All the investments for R&D was made by Pfizer at risk. Dr. Jansen was emphasizing that last point," the spokesperson explained.

Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla said in September that the company had declined R&D funding to "liberate" scientists from bureaucratic limitations.

"At the end of the day, it's only money. That will not break the company, although it is going to be painful because we are investing one billion and a half, at least, in COVID right now," Bourla previously told CBS News. "But the reason why I did it was because I wanted to liberate our scientists from any bureaucracy."

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Ivanka Trump at a campaign event for her father on October 27 in Miami. Joe Raedle/Getty

Pfizer is now on track to apply for emergency-use approval for its vaccine from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. However, health officials, including infectious diseases expert Anthony Fauci, have stressed that a vaccine will not be widely available before the end of the year.

The news of an effective vaccine comes as experts predict the U.S. is facing its worst outbreak of the virus. The country surpassed more than 10 million cases on Sunday.

Amid the ongoing health crisis and medical developments, President-elect Joe Biden has already assembled a 13-member coronavirus task force.

Newsweek reached out to Girgis, a family physician in New Jersey, for comment but did not hear back before publication.