Originally published in San Jose Mercury News on November 24, 2020.

Chirag Asaravala

Pfizer’s announcement that its COVID-19 vaccine is 95% effective has created significant optimism — except in the Trump camp, where adverse reactions of cynicism have emerged. His acolytes believe the press release was timed to prevent an injection of good news that might have secured reelection.

It is true that Pfizer’s CEO wanted to distance his scientists from the overt politics that would have come with taking Operation Warp Speed money. The company didn’t take funding but entered into an agreement to supply the United States with…

Chirag R. Asaravala

American Essayist | Contributing Opinion Writer SF Chronicle

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