The first thing to point out is that this is not a vaccine, but rather a treatment for those who have a life-threatening case of the Coronavirus.
Courtesy of CNN:
The US Food and Drug Administration issued an emergency use authorization for the use of convalescent plasma to treat Covid-19 on Sunday, saying the “known and potential benefits of the product outweigh the known and potential risks of the product.”
The FDA said more than 70,000 patients had been treated convalescent plasma, made using the blood of people who have recovered from coronavirus infections.
“Today I am pleased to make a truly historic announcement in our battle against the China virus that will save countless lives,” President Trump said at a White House briefing. “Today’s action will dramatically increase access to this treatment.”
Last week, Trump accused some health officials of playing politics regarding an EUA for convalescent plasma. When asked about the FDA not having granted an EUA, Trump said the reason was political.
On Sunday, a source who is close to the White House Coronavirus Task Force told CNN the FDA had reviewed additional data to inform its impending EUA decision. This official has not personally reviewed the data. They added the FDA is under no obligation to consult anyone outside the agency about its decision.
This is how Trump’s emergency press briefing ended:
WATCH: Reporters shout questions as President Trump ends a press briefing on Sunday. pic.twitter.com/oZw9HpXcNo
— The Hill (@thehill) August 23, 2020
If only 35 out of a hundred patients survive due to this treatment that certainly does not put it in the category of miracle treatments.
What’s more, this is nothing new.
Doctors have already been utilizing convalescent plasma for their sickest patients for a few months now.
However, there is still no medical consensus that this treatment is even effective.
There have yet to be any clinical trials to prove its effectiveness, which is why the FDA was hesitant to offer their support for it being widely used as a potential cure.
In fact, after this announcement the FDA offered this disclaimer:
FDA release: “The FDA continues to recommend that the designs of ongoing randomized clinical trials of COVID-19 convalescent plasma … remain unaltered, as COVID-19 convalescent plasma does not yet represent a new standard of care based on the current available evidence.”
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) August 23, 2020
Yeah, someone’s covering their ass.
Since Trump’s convention starts tomorrow he clearly needed this as a talking point that he can then exaggerate into a huge breakthrough in the fight against Covid-19, and he clearly twisted arms to get his way.