Nate Silver: 'Liberal elites' pressured Pfizer to delay COVID vaccine

  

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Via:  gregtx  •  one month ago  •  15 comments

Nate Silver: 'Liberal elites' pressured Pfizer to delay COVID vaccine
Silver is the data journalist and founder of the Disney-owned FiveThirtyEight political news and analysis web site.

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Nate Silver claimed "liberal public health elites" pressured Pfizer to delay fast-track approval of its COVID-19 vaccine until after the 2020 presidential election — thus denying then-President Donald Trump a political win before voters headed to the polls.

The number-crunching data journalist reacted to an article by Politico that cited a House report that claimed the Trump administration sought to expedite approvals for both vaccines and "unproven treatments" for COVID-19.

"'Trump pushed for vaccine approvals too fast' is the worst possible critique of the Trump administration's COVID policy," Silver, founder of the Disney-owned FiveThirtyEight political news and analysis website, tweeted.

"That probably saved a lot of lives. If anything approval should have been faster."

In a subsequent tweet, Silver wrote that "liberal public health elites" pushed Pfizer to "change its original protocols" that govern its authorization of vaccines so that the decision would be put off until after Election Day two years ago.

Silver noted that Pfizer's decision "had the convenient side-effect of delaying any vaccine announcement until after the election" and that the story "deserves more scrutiny."

The FiveThirtyEight editor-in-chief said most public health officials "tend to be strong [Democratic] partisans" and that their push for Pfizer to take its time in announcing a vaccine "may have been politically motivated in whole or in part."

"It's a story that deserves more reporting and I've done some poking around myself," Silver tweeted.

The Politico story that Silver linked to quotes several public health experts who criticized Pfizer for going too fast in seeking FDA authorization of its vaccine.

The pharmaceutical giant was under intense pressure by the Trump administration and its allies to announce the success of its vaccine at clinical trials before Nov. 3, 2020.

Six days after the election, Pfizer announced that its COVID vaccine was 90% effective.

According to House Democrats probing the Trump administration's response to the pandemic, White House officials demanded that the FDA authorize the use of an anti-malaria drug, hydroxychloroquine, to treat COVID — even though there was no research to support its use.

Trump administration officials were also accused of pressuring the FDA to speed up its vaccine approval process in order to benefit the president politically. Trump officials have denied the claims.


Also, the late 2020 push from liberal public health elites that persuaded Pfizer to *change* its original protocols - and had the convenient side-effect of delaying any vaccine announcement until after the election - deserves more scrutiny.https://t.co/1v3ueTNqur
— Nate Silver (@NateSilver538) August 24, 2022


I don't know for sure but yes the implication is that it may have been politically motivated in whole or in part. Especially given the people making the push, who tend to be strong D partisans. It's a story that deserves more reporting and I've done some poking around myself.
— Nate Silver (@NateSilver538) August 24, 2022

Trump has said that "Operation Warp Speed," the government initiative to develop the COVID vaccines, saved some 100 million American lives.

But he also lashed out at Pfizer, accusing the firm of playing "corrupt games" by timing the announcement of its vaccine in order to harm his re-election chances.

The company has denied delaying the results for political reasons.

Silver's tweet suggesting that Trump's suspicions of Pfizer could be justified raised eyebrows among some of his more than 3.5 million Twitter followers.

"This is the kind of take I'd expect to find on Truth Social," one Twitter user wrote, referencing the social media site founded by Trump after he was kicked off Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and other platforms in the wake of the Capitol riots of Jan. 6, 2021.

One Twitter user accused Silver of going "full MAGA conspiracy guy."


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GregTx
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1  seeder  GregTx    one month ago
One Twitter user accused Silver of going "full MAGA conspiracy guy."

No doubt, because Nate Silver is a MAGA kinda guy. Semi-fascist and what not...

 
 
 
Sean Treacy
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2  Sean Treacy    one month ago
The FiveThirtyEight editor-in-chief said most public health officials "tend to be strong [Democratic] partisans" and that their push for Pfizer to take its time in announcing a vaccine "may have been politically motivated in whole or in part."

Wouldn’t Be surprising

 
 
 
devangelical
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3  devangelical    one month ago

gee, I wonder just how many trumpster's covid did take out...

 
 
 
GregTx
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3.1  seeder  GregTx  replied to  devangelical @3    one month ago

I don't know. I wonder how many progressives covid took out?

 
 
 
devangelical
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3.1.1  devangelical  replied to  GregTx @3.1    one month ago

probably half as many...

 
 
 
GregTx
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3.1.2  seeder  GregTx  replied to  devangelical @3.1.1    one month ago

Please expound...

 
 
 
Drinker of the Wry
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3.1.3  Drinker of the Wry  replied to  devangelical @3.1.1    one month ago

Total cumulative data show Black, Hispanic, American Indian or Alaska Native (AIAN), and Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander (NHOPI) people have experienced higher rates of COVID-19 cases and deaths compared to White people when data are adjusted to account for differences in age by race and ethnicity.

 
 
 
afrayedknot
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4  afrayedknot    one month ago

…old news…operation warped screed…

 
 
 
GregTx
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4.1  seeder  GregTx  replied to  afrayedknot @4    one month ago

Thanks for your comment then on this old news.

 
 
 
bbl-1
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5  bbl-1    one month ago

Really?  Silver said that?  And if he did why did he say it?  After all, the COVID began with the Trump calling a it a hoax when he knew better and replacing every competent person with the most incompetent people he could find.  

 
 
 
Ronin2
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5.1  Ronin2  replied to  bbl-1 @5    one month ago

The most incompetent people are all in the Brandon administration. 

They have proven it time and again.

 
 
 
bugsy
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5.2  bugsy  replied to  bbl-1 @5    one month ago
After all, the COVID began with the Trump calling a it a hoax

Exactly when did Trump call COVID itself  a hoax, and exactly what did he say?

The entire comment, please, and not just the part that fits a liberal narrative.

 
 
 
bbl-1
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5.2.1  bbl-1  replied to  bugsy @5.2    one month ago

Use the google.  You know how?

 
 
 
Hallux
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6  Hallux    one month ago

Nate Silver "doing some poking around" is news? Whatever. But hey it's the NYP and they live by turning everything into a scandal.

 
 
 
GregTx
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6.1  seeder  GregTx  replied to  Hallux @6    one month ago

Exactly, Nate only makes news when he's prognosticating a Dem victory in the next election. /S

But thanks for your comment. 

 
 

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