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Trump accuses FDA 'deep state' of virus vaccine delay

Trump accuses FDA 'deep state' of virus vaccine delay”

Replying to a tweet from the FDA calling the drugs "ineffective", the president claimed that "many doctors and studies disagree with this".

Peter Marks, the director of the FDA's Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, said last week on a conference call with government officials, pharmaceutical executives and academics that he would resign if the agency rubber-stamped an unproven vaccine, according to Reuters.

President Donald Trump has been urging health officials to work harder and faster to approve a vaccine.

"You have to decide where your red line is, and that's my red line", he said.

Meanwhile, there have been speculations of the FDA approving a vaccine under political pressure for the upcoming November elections. Most health experts say it's unlikely that a vaccine could be proven safe that soon for the public use.

Trump's approval ratings have fallen sharply in the wake of a pandemic that has killed more than 173,000 Americans and infected over 5.5 million.

Earlier this month, Trump said a vaccine was possible before the November 3 vote.

The FDA is under vast pressure to release a vaccine, as the number of confirmed coronavirus cases continues to rise, and as President Donald Trump urges health officials to act speedily.

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Large-scale clinical trials of the leading vaccine candidates from Moderna, Pfizer and AstraZeneca were launched in recent weeks.

Administration officials said Trump was briefed on the vaccine effort this past week.

Until recently, Trump had praised the FDA for moving quickly on coronavirus treatments and vaccines. Hotez said the FDA and NIH have been "working day and night to accelerate Operation Warp Speed vaccine clinical trials, but expediting things in a way so as not to compromise the safety of the human volunteers".

Hahn said during an August 11 interview with CNN that his agency will not compromise its scientific principles in reviewing CCP virus vaccine clinical trial data.

The FDA said in a statement this past week that NIH was not involved in the decision-making process at the FDA and that the agency would rule on convalescent plasma "at the appropriate time".

A second tweet reiterated Trump's displeasure that the agency in June withdrew emergency authorization for hydroxychloroquine, an anti-malaria drug that is unproved as a treatment for covid-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.

The two companies said they planned to supply up to 100 million doses worldwide by the end of 2020 and approximately 1.3 billion doses by the end of 2021 if they received approval.



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