When Pfizer revealed that its coronavirus vaccine candidate “is more than 90 percent effective in preventing COVID-19,” several memes were distributed in response to the news in social media using the #vaccine hashtag and Pfizer, both of which were a trend on Twitter.
The New York City-based U.S. pharmaceutical company has developed a potential vaccine against COVID-19 in collaboration with BioNTech, a biotechnology company in Germany.
Pfizer is expected to apply for an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the third week of November, “after the required safety milestone has been reached,” the company confirmed in a statement on Monday.
“With today’s news, we are a significant step closer to providing people around the world with the much needed breakthrough to help end this global health crisis. We look forward to sharing additional efficacy and safety data generated by thousands of participants over the coming weeks,” said Dr. Albert Bourla, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Pfizer, in the statement.
President Donald Trump, who had previously made several promises that the U.S. would have a COVID 19 vaccine ready “very soon”, including by Election Day, twittered on Monday: “SHARE MARKET REVENUES, VACCINE SOONLY COMING. REPORT 90% EFFECTIVE. such great news!”
THE STOCK MARKET IS BOOMING, THE VACCINE IS COMING SOON. REPORT 90% EFFECTIVE. such great news!
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 9, 2020
User @DaveMcgrath1 communicated a picture of the Frodo figure, which is played by the actor Elijah Wood in the gentleman of the rings film trilogy, and noted: “EVERYBODY: Look at the BBC news – Covid is dead. They have found a #vaccine. hallelujah. God bless Pfizer. God bless humanity.”
EVERYBODY: “BBC News – Covid is dead. They found a vaccine. Hallelujah. God bless Pfizer. God bless mankind’.
– David McGrath (@DaveMcgrath1) November 9, 2020
User @__SAMI_RASSAM__ wrote “The first trump card is out, now we could get a vaccine… November shows that we can save until 2020” and announced another Lord of the Rings memo in which Aragorn, the character of actor Viggo Mortensen, plays the leading role.
The first trump card is out, now we could get a vaccine… November shows how to save 2020: pic.twitter.com/zpMIp307j6
– Sami Rassam (@__SAMI_RASSAM__) November 9, 2020
User @nathan_boachie shared in tears a picture of rapper Kanye West and wrote: “Introverts who look at the COVID vaccine and know that the lockdown could end the #Pfizer vaccine”.
Introverts who look at the COVID vaccine and know that the lockdown could mean the end of the vaccine #Vaccine #Pfizer pic.twitter.com/skTJZ6m9pI
– Nathan Boachie (@nathan_boachie) November 9, 2020
User @RobynCu88634438 notes: “2020 is coming, first Biden is elected and now the Pfizer vaccine!2021 looks better and better #vaccine”, with a poison that shows Carlton, the character from the TV series The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, played by actor Alfonso Ribeiro, dancing.
2020 is around the corner, first Biden is elected and now the Pfizer vaccine! 2021 looks better and better #vaccine pic.twitter.com/GHDZqkcw4J
– Robyn Curryð¥’ (@RobynCu88634438) November 9, 2020
TV station Piers Morgan twittered on Monday: “The news of a potential vaccine with 90% efficacy is incredibly exciting. But it makes it even more important for all of us to follow the lockdown rules in the meantime. Let’s stop as many people as possible from dying before the Pfizer cavalry arrives”.
In an earlier posting, however, Morgan wrote, “Zoom stock tanking…#vaccine,” sharing the image of a diagram and noting that the video call software crashed about 15 percent on Monday morning when news of a promising vaccine candidate for COVID-19 became public.
Increase inventory replenishment… #vaccine pic.twitter.com/V8WTnI6V0S
– Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) November 9, 2020
Several users also responded to Vice President Mike Pence’s tweet about the vaccine, which said, “Huge news: thanks to the public-private partnership forged by President @realDonaldTrump, @pfizer announced that its coronavirus vaccine trial is EFFECTIVE and is preventing the infection of 90% of its volunteers.
Pfizer’s Director of Vaccine Research has supported the company’s vaccine development from the White House Operation Warp Speed