FDA chief: Science will guide vaccine decisions

Modesto Morganelli
Settembre 24, 2020

Redfield said Operation Warp Speed, the government group with officials from the departments of Health and Human Services and Defense, will ultimately decide how to allocate the vaccines.

"We feel cautiously optimistic that we will be able to have a safe and effective vaccine, although there is never a guarantee of that", Dr. Anthony Fauci, infectious disease chief at the National Institutes of Health, told a Senate committee.

But President Trump is pushing for a faster timeline than many experts say is adequate to fully test the candidates. Earlier Wednesday, Trump posted on Twitter a link to news about the new Johnson & Johnson vaccine study.

"President Trump is still trying to sabotage the work of our scientists and public health experts for his own political ends", Sen.

He added, "Decisions to authorize or approve any such vaccine or therapeutic will be made by the dedicated career staff at FDA through our thorough review processes, and science will guide our decisions". "What's at the core of these standards are the agency's regulatory independence and science-based decision-making. FDA will not permit any pressure from anyone to change that", Hahn said. "I will put the interests of the American people before anything else".

As for the testing of vaccine candidates, Fauci added: "There is no cutting corners".

There is no vaccine for COVID-19 yet, but there are several in late stage trials, including from Pfizer Inc, Moderna Inc and Johnson & Johnson. Other candidates in the US require two shots.

Earlier this week, Vice President Mike Pence urged state governors to "do your part to build public confidence that it will be a safe and effective vaccine".

The Associated Press reported this story.

Fauci explained that the number of doses that the government projects as potentially available is a combined total from many different companies working on separate vaccines.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now says thousands of passengers on board commercial flights may have been exposed to coronavirus since the start of 2020.

The questions came in a hearing where the leaders of the nation's top health agencies vowed that science, not politics, will guide the approval process for a vaccine. When you've submitted your account email, we will send an email with a reset code.

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