It’s no longer news that former US President Donald Trump is attracted to scandal like moth to a flame.
And this time, the reality-TV star turned politician is mired in allegations he pressured scientists into rushing the Coronavirus vaccine because he believed it would help his reelection.
This was disclosed by Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla in an interview on “The Carlos Watson Show” set to run Friday.
In clips seen by The Hill, Bourla says that Trump would call to encourage him to get the vaccine out quickly, but emphasized that “he never pressed me to do something that would be inappropriate with a vaccine.”
“In the few times that he was telling me that we need to do it fast – first he would say, ‘We need to do it quickly; people are dying,’ and then also he would add, ‘Of course it will help me also in the election, but people is the important thing.'”
Bourla acknowledged that he too wanted to get the vaccine out as soon as possible, but said that he made it clear to both Trump and now-President Biden’s campaign that the development would “move with the speed of science.”
“The important thing for me was the pressure of the billions of people that suddenly had invested their entire hopes on us, and we had to deliver,” Bourla said.
The Pfizer chief added that he is not entirely happy with how the vaccine rollout was conducted, though he said the problems were because the process was “very complicated.”