(USA Features) Former President Donald Trump blasted the Biden administration on Tuesday over its decision to halt use of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID vaccine after a handful of women suffered “rare” blood clots.
“The results of this vaccine have been extraordinary but now it’s [sic] reputation will be permanently challenged. The people who have already taken the vaccine will be up in arms, and perhaps all of this was done for politics or perhaps it’s the FDA‘s love for Pfizer,” he said in a statement issued by his post-presidency office.
The Food and Drug Administration along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention made the recommendation to the White House to pause use of the J&J vaccine after the instances of blood clotting, though nearly 7 million Americans have received that vaccine.
Trump, whose “Operation Warp Speed” initiative has been credited with the rapid development of coronavirus vaccines, went on to further criticize the CDC and Pfizer.
“Remember, it was the FDA working with Pfizer, who announced the vaccine approval two days after the 2020 Presidential Election. They didn’t like me very much because I pushed them extremely hard,” he said.
He went on to say that officials should “do your testing, clean up the record, and get the Johnson & Johnson vaccine back online quickly. The only way we defeat the China Virus is with our great vaccines!”