In his usual blunt style former U.S. President Donald J. Trump criticized the Biden administration’s move for a third dose of the COVID vaccine as simply a money-making operation.
The former president was interviewed by telephone by Fox News anchor Maria Bartiromo this Wednesday, August 18, and in opining on the recent decision to provide a third dose of the vaccine to Americans, Trump said:
“You know what, that sounds to me like a money-making operation for Pfizer, okay, think of the money involved. That’s tens of billions of dollars.”
“If you’re a pure businessman you’ll say, “You know what, let’s give them another shot, $10 billion of money coming in,” the whole thing is crazy,” Trump added.
Pfizer requested authorization to supply an additional dose from the U.S. regulator, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), approved last week.
The Biden administration consequently recommended the third dose of Pfizer and Moderna vaccines for all eligible.
According to the British media Daily Mail, this means that the nearly 155 million Americans who received two doses of the experimental vaccines could receive a third dose as early as September.
None of the vaccines have formal approval yet due to a lack of data and studies of long-term effects, but officials estimate that ,the FDA will grant final approval for them by September measures.
Trump criticized the constantly changing criteria of laboratories and health authorities: “When these first came out they were good for life. Now they’re only good for a year or two. And I could see the writing on the wall.”
Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla received during the Trump administration $21 million in 2020 at the end of manufacturing the vaccine and in 2019 before the pandemic, reported earnings of nearly $18 million for his work at the lab.
“I could see the dollar signs in their eyes— of that guy that runs Pfizer. You know, the guy that announced the day after the election that he had the vaccine. But we knew that, and I knew that, and the people knew that,” Trump asserted.
Arguments for a third dose revolve around the fact that the vaccines’ protection appears to be fading just five to six months after being given.
Without prior approval, Israel began administering the third dose weeks ago to people over 60, supposedly to ‘boost’ protection against the Delta strain.
Some experts criticized the move, arguing that there are no data or studies to prove that a third dose will be effective against new strains or that it will actually ‘boost’ protection against the coronavirus.
In a recent interview with Fox News, a virology professor in Ontario, Canada, claimed that the vaccines cannot protect people against COVID because the messenger RNA technology they use is designed to create and attack only the virus protein.
Dr. Byram Bridle of the University of Guelph’s Faculty of Veterinary Medicine said that all the vaccines are doing is making the virus mutate easily by only having to modify the protein and that, in fact, mass vaccination with this technology, which does not kill the virus, is actually accelerating mutation, i.e., the emergence of new strains.
Based on Dr. Bridle’s theory, no matter how many doses are administered, as long as the vaccines do not have the ability to kill the virus and it continues to mutate, people will have to continue to be vaccinated periodically.