MARIA BARTIROMO (HOST): The vaccine is being rolled out. It is being shipped as we speak, out of the Pfizer manufacturing plant and headed to hospitals and the like, so that we, in fact, do have a vaccine on the market.
This is something, of course, that President Trump told us to expect a long time ago. And you have been leading hearings on why we haven't had more early treatment. You had your second hearing this past Tuesday.
SEN. RON JOHNSON (GUEST): We need both. First of all, President Trump deserves a lot of credit, Secretary Azar for Operation Warp Speed, the Senate in providing billions of dollars to produce the vaccine while it was being tested and approved, so now, once it's approved, it can start shipping immediately. So, that was a brilliant operation from my standpoint.
And I hope it is as safe and effective as it certainly seems to be. But even if it is a hundred percent safe, a hundred percent effective, people will still get sick, people will still need to be treated. And that is what we have largely ignored, is early treatment.
A lot of it was poisoned by the media, poisoned by partisan politics. But the fact that Dr. Kory testified before our committee -- his testimony, by the way, has almost 3 million views, where he's talking about the success of the ivermectin, hydroxychloroquine. There's growing evidence. You have Favipiravir, which is the oral version, the cheap oral version of remdesivir —
JOHNSON: — if used early, looks like it might work. So, we have ignored all of these things. And we're still going to need early treatment, rather than the NIH guideline, which is to basically to send people home alone and fearful and do not give any treatment until you're sick enough to go to the hospital. That's just — just lacks all compassion.