Dr. Fauci expressed one big doubt about a coronavirus vaccine
Donald Trump has pledged to get a coronavirus vaccine to the public by the end of the year.
Other nations around the world are racing to develop their own vaccine so they can bring their economies back online.
But now Dr. Fauci expressed one big doubt about a coronavirus vaccine.
This week Russia announced its government had approved a coronavirus vaccine.
They became the first country to supposedly approve a treatment for the coronavirus.
But many people had serious questions about the rigor behind the science that led the Russian government to approve a vaccine candidate in such a short period of time.
Donald Trump’s Operation Warp Speed hopes to bring a vaccine that is at least 50 percent effective to market by the end of the year and that would be record time.
Currently, at least one vaccine candidate is in phase-three clinical trials, which is the final phase before the FDA can give approval.
Russia raced ahead of even that timeline – which is the most accelerated possible while still maintaining the strictest safety protocols – and now many are wondering if the vaccine is safe.
Dr. Anthony Fauci does not believe this Russian coronavirus vaccine is safe.
“I hope that the Russians have actually definitively proven that the vaccine is safe and effective,” Fauci told National Geographic. “I seriously doubt that they’ve done that.”
Fauci told National Geographic that the Trump administration would never rush an unproven vaccine onto the market out of fear it would harm Americans.
“So if we wanted to take the chance of hurting a lot of people or giving them something that doesn’t work, we could start doing this, you know, next week if we wanted to,” Fauci added. “But that’s not the way it works.”