The independent board, Fauci said, could decide that “the data is so good right now that you can say it’s safe and effective.” If the clinical trials were to produce overwhelmingly positive results, scientists would have a “moral obligation” to stop the trial prematurely and make the vaccine available to all study participants, thereby speeding up the process to make it. more widely available.“If you are making a decision about the vaccine, you had better make sure you have very good evidence that it is both safe and effective,” Fauci said. He added that he was “not concerned about political pressure”.
The Trump administration has set a goal of delivering 300 million doses of a coronavirus vaccine by January through its Operation Warp Speed initiative. Phase 3 vaccine trials are currently underway on three of the six candidate vaccines supported by the project.
As President Trump has touted the administration’s work to support the development of a coronavirus vaccine and other therapeutics, there are growing concerns that some of the country’s public health agencies overseeing the response coronaviruses face increased political pressure from the White House.
Last month, Mr. Trump suggested in a radio interview that a coronavirus vaccine could be ready by November 3, election day. He also claimed without evidence that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) was slowly testing vaccines and therapeutics to hurt his prospects for re-election.
The revelation by FDA Commissioner Dr Stephen Hahn in a recent interview with the Financial Times added to concerns that it would be open to vaccine approval before Phase 3 trials are completed.
But Fauci said all data used to make vaccine decisions is made public, which builds public confidence.
“The only time you worry is if there is pressure to end the trial before you have enough data on safety and effectiveness,” he said.