Trump accuses FDA of slowing down Covid 19 vaccine tests until after elections

by | Aug 23, 2020 | International | 0 comments

DONALD Trump has called the FDA part of the “deep state” and accused the drug administration of slow-walking vaccine testing until after the election.

The president made the commentsabout the Food and Drug Administration in an early morning Twitter rant on Saturday, despite the head of the agency, Dr Stephen Hahn, being a Trump nominee.

Human trials for a COVID-19 vaccine are currently being carried out around the world in a bid to stamp out the pandemic, which has killed 800,000 people worldwide so far, including 174,000 Americans.

No vaccine has yet been produced that has passed all the safety checks necessary to roll it out in the general population.

But Trump claims that the FDA is trying to block efforts to immunize Americans until after the November election where his handling of the pandemic is a key point of discussion.

“Obviously, they are hoping to delay the answer until after November 3rd. Must focus on speed, and saving lives!”

Trump followed up on the tweet with another referring to the FDA’s decision to revoke emergency authorisation of hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine for treating COVID-19 because it was “unlikely to be effective”.

But he claimed: “Many doctors and studies disagree with this!”

Trump vowed earlier in August that a vaccine would possibly be ready by the date of the presidential election, or “right around that time.”

His administration has pre-ordered hundreds of millions of doses from companies developing vaccines.

But Dr Anthony Fauci, America’s top virus expert and member of the White House coronavirus taskforce, has cautioned against rushing the process after Russian claims they have already produced a safe vaccine.

A safe vaccine is expected to be ready at the end of 2020 or the beginning of 2021 at the earliest.

Dr Fauci said: “We have to be careful when you hear from Russia or Chinaor anyplace else that they have a vaccine that they know works- US Sun



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