Trump announced the news almost immediately, firing an all-caps tweet stating, “STOCK MARKET UP BIG, VACCINE COMING SOON”.
“SO BIG NEWS!” the president wrote.
Less than an hour later, Biden, through his transition team with Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, released a statement calling on Americans to continue their efforts to prevent the virus from spreading.
“Last night my public health advisors were informed of this excellent news. I congratulate the brilliant women and men who have contributed to this breakthrough and who give us cause for hope,” said the President-elect’s statement.
“At the same time, it’s also important to understand that the end of the fight against COVID-19 is still months away. This news follows a previously announced schedule by industry officials that predicts vaccine approval by the end of November. Even if that is achieved and some Americans will be vaccinated later this year, and it will be many months before there is widespread vaccination in this country. “
“Today’s news doesn’t change this pressing reality. Americans must rely on masking, distancing, contact tracing, hand washing and other measures to protect themselves well into the next year. Today’s news is great news, but it’s changing don’t mind that fact, “he said.
Biden had campaigned for a pledge to fight the pandemic more effectively than Trump, who downplayed the virus for months, frequently disregarded his administration’s social distancing guidelines, and repeatedly made inaccurate assurances about when a vaccine would be available.
Trump made only brief reference to the virus in his final pre-election appearances, which saw dozens of rallies in front of crowded supporters, most of whom refused to wear masks.
At the same time, Covid-19 cases had risen to new daily record highs.
More than 9.97 million cases have been reported in the US and at least 237,584 people have died, according to Johns Hopkins University.
The Biden-Harris campaign had previously put in place a step-by-step plan to fight the coronavirus. In his first speech as president-elect on Saturday night, Biden said his first priority was to contain the pandemic.
On Monday before, Biden’s transition team had set up its Covid-19 advisory board, led by Dr. David Kessler, Dr. Vivek Murthy and Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith presented.
While Biden intends to quickly address the virus threat, Trump has treated the virus as if it is already on its way out. In his tweet on Monday morning and in his months-long rhetoric on the campaign, the president put more emphasis on achieving economic recovery than curbing the spread of the virus. He has already drawn a line against the implementation of further blocking measures.
Even as cases soared to more than 100,000 a day – a dire milestone that had since been passed – Trump insisted that his administration go “around the corner,” a line that coincided with his previous assurances that the US would or without a vaccine would overcome the pandemic.
Trump has also attacked his own public health officials, including the country’s leading epidemiologist Dr. Anthony Fauci. Shortly before the election, Trump even suggested he might try to fire Fauci, who refused to gloss over his language when he spoke about the grave threat posed by the pandemic. Biden said he would keep Fauci in his choice.
Pfizer’s vaccine announcement made stock futures soar.
The news might have played in Trump’s favor if it had arrived before the election. Trump frequently referred to the health issues associated with lockdowns, as well as the economic downside, in his bullish news about the virus. A hopeful development in the month-long struggle against the global crisis is likely to have worked well for those suffering from “lockdown fatigue”.
However, Pfizer’s announcement came after the media forecast that Biden had defeated Trump, making the incumbent Republican the first president since 1992 to lose re-election.
Trump, who was playing golf when the news outlets made their calls, refuses to allow the race. On the contrary, he has repeatedly claimed that he won the election “many times over”, and his deputies have stated that they will file new lawsuits on Monday for alleged election fraud.
No evidence has yet been presented of widespread electoral fraud that could reverse projected results in key states that cost Trump a second term.