US Election : Trump accuses Pfizer of withholding Covid-19 vaccine announcement before elections

Pfizer has reported that its vaccine, BNT162b2, has been more than 90 per cent effective in late-stage trials. The vaccine has been found more than 90% effective. US drug-maker Pfizer developed Covid-19 vaccine with German biotech firm BioNTech and has released preliminary data from late-stage human trials. The findings are critical as the vaccine is headed for a review by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) later this month, and talks of the shot receiving emergency authorisation are closer to reality. US President Donald Trump on Monday accused the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Pfizer of withholding the announcement on Covid-19 vaccine before elections to prevent him from getting a ‘vaccine win’. As Covid pandemic was one of the main highlight in the US presidential election campaign, Donald Trump’s comments on Covid- 19 have often conflicted with scientists. On the other hand, Joe Biden called wearing mask is the single most effective thing we can do to stop the spread of Covid and it is a good way to start pulling the country together.

Meanwhile, Democrat Joe Biden defeated President Donald Trump to become the 46th president of the United States and Joe Biden took the first steps on Sunday towards moving into the White House in 73 days. Biden was called the US President after he inched ahead of Trump in Pennsylvania, where a win will give him 290 Electoral College votes. He is also leading in Georgia and Nevada, where wins will take his tally to 306.Trump, who will become the first President since George HW Bush to serve a single term, has mounted a legal challenge, claiming without proof that mail-in ballots, which helped Biden win were prone to fraud. Donald Trump again refused to admit defeat and tried to sow doubt about the election results.

Biden is looking to bring down the walls President Trump built around America and roll back the ‘America First’ approach, saying as much post a congratulatory phone call with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Biden said he hopes to reaffirm the close bonds America has with Canada, and has heard from other European leaders, who are optimistic about rebuilding relations with the country. Human rights advocates are optimistic about the Biden-Harris administration, with expectations that they would usher in a host of policy changes and quickly re-enter the United States into various global pacts. In what is being called a ‘volatile’, ‘childish’ move, At the same time, President Trump has fired his Secretary of Defense – Mark Esper and is reportedly set to fire more of the administration as a final act of defiance, even as he refuses to commit to a peaceful transition of power. Esper’s strained relationship with Trump came close to collapse last summer during civil unrest that triggered a debate within the administration over the proper role of the military in combatting domestic unrest.