This is no way to build confidence in a vaccine.
Courtesy of the CNBC:
The chief of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is prepared to bypass the full federal approval process in order to make a Covid-19 vaccine available as soon as possible, according to an interview in The Financial Times.
Insisting that the move would not be due to pressure from the Trump administration to fast track a vaccine, FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn told the publication that an emergency authorization could be appropriate before phase three clinical trials are completed if the benefits outweigh the risks.
“It is up to the [vaccine developer] to apply for authorization or approval, and we make an adjudication of their application,” Hahn told The Financial Times. “If they do that before the end of phase three, we may find that appropriate. We may find that inappropriate, we will make a determination.”
The comments come a week after the FDA granted emergency authorization of convalescent plasma to treat hospitalized Covid-19 patients, despite concerns among some health officials that data from clinical trials is too weak to support widespread application of the treatment yet. That announcement was on the heels of President Trump accusing the FDA, without any evidence, of trying to hurt him politically by dragging its feet in approving new coronavirus vaccines and treatments.
Jesus Christ! What are these people doing to us?
Now more than ever people need to trust that their governemn4t has their back and is looking out for their best interests.
I know I don’t that is the case right now.
If the FDA fucks this up they will give credibility to the anti-vaxxer movement and may find that it has the ripple effect of having even more people afraid to vaccinate their children.
And that is in addition to the possibility of people getting sick and dying from a poorly vetted Covid-19 vaccine.