The top US virus expert has warned against the rush in producing the covid 19 vaccines which will be unsafe. It can also hurt the development of other vaccines; he said while speaking to Reuters.
US President Donald Trump is reportedly considering plans to put out a vaccine before it has been fully tested Such a move could boost his chances of re-election in November’s presidential election.
Tweet of Donald Trump
On Saturday, President Trump tweeted that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) “is making it very difficult for drug companies to get people in order to test the vaccines”.
The Financial Times reported the Trump administration was exploring granting emergency use authorisation to a vaccine currently under development by the University of Oxford and drug manufacture Ausra Zeneca.
The US has suffered more confirmed cases and deaths from the coronavirus than any other country. According to Johns Hopkins University, it has recorded more than 5.7 million infections and over 177,000 deaths so far.
Dr Fauci’s suggestion
In an interview with Reuters, Dr Fauci – head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases – warned rushing out an untested vaccine could damage other trials.
“The one thing that you would not want to see with a vaccine is getting a EUA before you have a signal of efficacy,” he said.
“One of the potential dangers if you prematurely let a vaccine out is that it would make it difficult, if not impossible, for the other vaccines to enrol people in their trial.”
“To me, it’s absolutely paramount that you definitively show that a vaccine is safe and effective,” he added. The Oxford vaccine is one among dozens currently under development across the world.