U.S. President Donald Trump reiterated the claim that he won the election on Friday (November 20) and accused pharmaceutical companies of strategically delaying their announcements about a coronavirus vaccine because of his support for reducing medicine costs and in order to hurt his re-election efforts.
“We had big pharma against us,” Trump said at a news conference during which he accused pharmaceutical giant Pfizer of waiting over a month to announce details about their coronavirus vaccine test results.
“They were going to come out in October, but they decided to delay it because of what I’m doing,” Trump said.
He also speculated on the impact the timing of their announcement
“It would have probably had an impact, who knows? Maybe it wouldn’t have,” Trump said at a news conference during which he announced two new rules aimed at lowering drug prices for the Medicare program, including one aimed at making sure pharmacy benefit managers pass after-market rebates onto seniors.
“This is just a very big thing…what I’m doing here, I don’t know if anyone’s going to appreciate it,” Trump said.
The second rule is aimed at aligning the prices paid in the United States to those paid in foreign countries, he said.
(Production: Deborah Gembara)