Top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, warned of the future dangers of a possible premature authorization of vaccines.
“The one thing you would not want to see” is a vaccine “getting an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA)” before the validation of its “efficacy,” Fauci told Reuters.
The action would make it more difficult “if not impossible” for other vaccines to get people to register for trials, Fauci added.
Fauci’s comment came after a Financial Times report.
The “Trump administration is considering” fast-tracking an experimental UK coronavirus vaccine to be used in America, said sources briefed on the plan, as per the Financial Times.
Reportedly, the administration plans to do this before the November elections.
Dr. Fauci’s thought is seconded by another infectious disease and vaccine expert, Dr. Peter Hotez from the Baylor College of Medicine.
Using EUA for a vaccine is different from “plasma therapy,” Hotez said.
Another expert from the FDA told Reuters he will resign from the agency if it approves a vaccine without enough data on its safety and effectiveness.
Increasing Worries From Others
Health professionals and scientists worry that the President might put pressure on the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to pass and deliver a vaccine before the November elections, Reuters said.
Trump’s Sunday briefing fueled the experts’ worries.
During the briefing, US President Donald Trump announced that a COVID-19 treatment, convalescent plasma, just got an EUA.
Trump hyped the new COVID-19 treatment due to its 35% increase in COVID-19 patients’ survival rate.
According to a New York Times report, many experts including one from the Mayo Clinic study of convalescent plasma were baffled by the administration’s claims.
According to this person, they do not know where the data from Trump’s briefing came from.
Another cause of concern for the experts is Trump’s Saturday tweet against FDA.
“The deep state” at the FDA is making it difficult for “drug companies to get people,” Trump wrote in his tweet.
Getting people is needed to test the new vaccines and therapeutics that are being developed for COVID-19 patients.
Trump also claims in his tweet that the “deep state” at the FDA is obviously “hoping to delay the answer” until the November elections.
He also tagged Dr. Stephen M. Hahn, FDA’s head, in his tweet after the line “must focus on speed, and saving lives!”