Fauci says coronavirus vaccine trials could be stopped prematurely if they produce good results

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Washington – Dr Anthony Fauci, the country’s leading infectious disease expert, said clinical trials for a coronavirus vaccine could be stopped prematurely if they provide positive results that show it to be safe and effective.In an interview with Kaiser Health News published Tuesday, Fauci, the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said that a data and safety oversight committee, made up of research experts who are examining the clinical trial data, has the power to end trials early.

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.

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