Pfizer’s CEO said Jared Kushner wanted to divert vaccine supplies from Canada, Japan and Latin America to increase the US COVID-19 jab stockpile.

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Jared Kushner and Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla had an “enthusiastic” conversation about whether the United States could receive reduced doses of the vaccine before other countries.Anna Money Maker-Pool / Getty

  • Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla said he had an “enthusiastic” discussion with Jared Kushner about the supply of the COVID-19 vaccine.

  • Bula told Kushner that the United States would have to wait its turn to receive another 100 million doses.

  • Kushner disagreed and told Bula that he represented the US government, which could “take steps” to carry out its will.

Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla A new editorial published in Forbes He and Jared Kushner, son-in-law and senior adviser to former President Donald Trump, once had an “enthusiastic” debate about whether the United States should be vaccinated first.

In his editorial, Bula said he and Kushner did not agree on an additional 100 million supply times for the Pfizer COVID-19 jab ordered by the Trump administration.Bula wrote that the dispute arose because the United States was replenishing Initial order for 100 million doses of COVID-19 vaccineHowever, other countries have already signed contracts with Pfizer to secure vaccine doses.

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“Jared wanted a very aggressive plan to deliver an additional 100 million doses to the United States. He wanted everything in the second quarter of 2021,” Bula wrote. “To do that, we had to procure supplies from Canada, Japan, and Latin American countries, all of which ordered earlier than the United States and expected vaccines in the second quarter.”

Bula said the “discussion” between himself and Kushner became “hot” when he refused. “It reminded Jared,” said Pfizer’s CEO. Moncef SlaouiTrump Team’s Chief Advisor for COVID-19 Vaccine Planning Operation Warp Speed ​​said Pfizer would not take doses from other countries to give them to the United States.

But Bula wrote, “Jared wasn’t upset.”

“In his mind, America was the first to come, no matter what. In my mind, fairness had to come first,” Bula wrote. “He reminded me that he represents the government, and they were able to’take action’to carry out their will. “

Bula wrote that he replied to Kushner: “Be the guest Jared. I want the Japanese Prime Minister to complain more about the cancellation of the Olympics than I do.”

The CEO said the disagreement ended when Pfizer’s manufacturing team succeeded in providing additional doses to the United States without reducing supplies in other countries.

“Two days later, Mar-a-Lago called me from Jared to thank him for the collaboration and closed the loop with a happy note,” Bula wrote.

A $ 1.95 billion deal has finally been closed for an additional 100 million Pfizer vaccine dose (enough to fully inoculate 50 million Americans). December 2021.

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