Trump Accuses FDA Of Delaying Coronavirus Vaccine Trials
President Donald Trump has accused the US Food and Drug Administration of deliberately delaying coronavirus vaccine trials.
Trump on Saturday, August 22 tweeted;
The deep state, or whoever, over at the FDA is making it very difficult for drug companies to get people in order to test the vaccines and therapeutics.
He accused the agency of delaying a vaccine for the virus until after the 2020 election, tweeting;
Obviously, they are hoping to delay the answer until after November 3rd. Must focus on speed, and saving lives!
The deep state, or whoever, over at the FDA is making it very difficult for drug companies to get people in order to test the vaccines and therapeutics. Obviously, they are hoping to delay the answer until after November 3rd. Must focus on speed, and saving lives! @SteveFDA
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 22, 2020
Trump ended his tweet by tagging the Twitter account of FDA Commissioner Dr. Stephen Hahn, who he nominated last year to take up the role.
This comes weeks after Hahn assured Americans that the agency “will not cut corners” to approve a vaccine.
It would be recalled that Trump has promised that a vaccine would be available by the end of the year, though vaccinologists have said the timeline is unrealistic.
Reacting to Trump’s tweet, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said his accusation is “very scary” and “a very dangerous statement,” saying that “even for him, it went beyond the pale.”
Pelosi speaking with CNN noted;
The FDA has a responsibility to approve drugs, judging on their safety and their efficacy, not by a declaration from the White House about speed and politicizing the FDA.
The Biotechnology Innovation Organization said that the industry is “eager” to deliver a vaccine as quickly as possible, but can “only move as fast as the science allows us.”
Rich Masters, a spokesperson for the biotech lobbying group expressed;
We are confident everyone is moving as fast as possible to ensure any vaccine or new therapy is both safe and effective for patients to use.
Trump has regularly dismissed guidance from government health experts, including FDA officials.
It would be recalled that he had promoted the antimalarial drugs hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine as a Covid-19 treatment, even as the FDA warned the public that the drugs should only be used in hospitals or clinical trials because they can kill or cause serious side effects.
In June, the agency revoked its emergency use authorization for hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine for coronavirus treatment, saying the drugs are unlikely to be effective in treating the virus based on the latest scientific evidence.
Experts, however, have warned that any political interference in the vaccine testing and approval process could cast doubt and undermine its safety and legitimacy.