President Trump announced two final rules to lower drug prices on Friday and renewed his complaint that drug manufacturers delayed the news of promising COVID-19 vaccines until after the election to hurt his reelection prospects.
In his first public appearance in a week, the president used the event at the White House to declare yet again that he won the election against presumptive President-elect Joseph R. Biden. And he again accused drug companies such as Pfizer of delaying announcements of COVID-19 vaccines deliberately as retaliation against his plans to reduce drug prices.
“Big Pharma ran millions of dollars of negative advertisements against me during the campaign, which I won, by the way,” Mr. Trump said. “I was put here to do a job.”
He said Pfizer and others “decided to not assess the results of the vaccine until after the election.”
“They decided to delay it because of what I’m doing [on drug prices],” the president said. “It probably