President Trump attacked pharmaceutical companies for spending money against him as he campaigned for reelection and for announcing a successful coronavirus vaccines days after Election Day.
At a White House event on Friday, Trump’s first public appearance in more than a week, the president said that without him, a vaccine would likely have taken another four years.
“You wouldn’t have a vaccine if it wasn’t for me,” he told reporters.
Trump also said he “forced” the Food and Drug Administration to move quickly.
He charged that drug manufacturer Pfizer and others chose not to evaluate their vaccine until after the election because of his efforts to lower drug prices.
“Big Pharma ran millions of dollars of negative advertisements against me during the campaign,” Trump said, before adding, “which I won, by the way.”
Trump, who did not take questions from reporters, touted two new drug pricing rules at the event, one of which he said would “end global freeloading” by limiting the cost of U.S. drugs to within a range paid by other comparable nations.
“Until now, Americans have been charged more than twice as much as other medically advanced countries,” he said.
Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services administrator Seema Verma also delivered remarks.
Trump has continued to challenge the results of the presidential election, filing a slate of lawsuits in battleground states across the country.